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Cervantes Family Vineyards Proprietary Red Blacktail Napa Valley 2021  - First Bottle


97 The Wine Independent - Lisa Perotti Brown -
The 2021 Blacktail is a blend of 61% Cabernet Sauvignon, 21% Malbec, 11% Petite Sirah, 4% Cabernet Franc, and 3% Petit Verdot. Deep garnet-purple in color, it struts out of the glass with showy scents of creme de cassis, plum preserves, and blueberry compote leading to hints of cedar chest, menthol, rose oil, and black truffles. The full-bodied palate is jam packed with seductive black fruits framed by velvety tannins and fantastic freshness, finishing with epic length

Technical Details

  • Blend61% Cabernet Sauvignon, 21% Malbec, 11% Petite Syrah, 4% Cabernet Franc, and 3% Petit Verdot
  • WinemakerAndy Erickson
  • CountryUS
  • RegionCalifornia
  • Sub-RegionNorth Coast
  • AppellationNapa Valley
  • Alcohol14.8%

Cervantes Family Vineyards Proprietary Red Blacktail Napa Valley 2021

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They call this Napa Valley’s “last frontier” – and an extremely high-profile project from winemaker Andy Erickson (of Favia, Dalla Valle, Mayacamas, Arietta, Screaming Eagle, Harlan, and more), and Xavier Cervantes, who together have set out to raise exquisite Napa Valley hillside wines. Deep in Pope Valley, the sprawling ranch is akin to a wild and uncharted frontier, where you can spot native deer and bears on any given day. It’s here that the team grew and produced their 2021 vintage of Blacktail, Cervantes’ superior proprietary red blend made of 61% cabernet sauvignon, 21% malbec, 11% petite syrah, 4% cabernet franc, and 3% petit verdot. It’s an ethereally rich, layered, multi-faceted wine, overflowing with black fruits, baking spices, toasty oak sensations, and some tones of something savory – like dried meat and herbs – with powerful intensity, yet tannins velvety as a puppy’s ears.

Local winemakers claim that 2021 is one of the best vintages in recent memory, and it shows in this terrifically round, supple, deep blend. Their goal was to create “a wine that is rich and complex, just like this landscape” – and we must say, they blew that target out of the water. We have a scant selection of bottles remaining of this 97-point beauty – one that drinks gorgeously now and is primed to age flawlessly for another several years. Don’t miss this chance to experience some of the most illustrious winemaking the Valley has to offer!

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About the Producer

Cervantes Family Winery is a cherished boutique winery that exudes a sense of familial passion and dedication to the craft of winemaking. Nestled in the heart of a picturesque vineyard landscape, this winery stands as a testament to generations of expertise and a profound connection to the land. With a focus on producing small-batch, handcrafted wines, Cervantes Family Winery takes an artisanal approach, ensuring that every bottle tells a unique and compelling story. From the careful cultivation of the vines to the meticulous winemaking process, there's a palpable sense of pride in each step taken to create wines that encapsulate the essence of the terroir. Visitors to the winery are welcomed like old friends, invited to experience not just the wines, but also the warmth and authenticity that define the Cervantes family's approach. This winery's commitment to preserving tradition while embracing innovation makes it a distinctive and enriching stop for those seeking an intimate and memorable wine-tasting experience.