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AXR Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2021  - First Bottle

Reviews

94 Jeb Dunnuck -
This 2021 Cabernet Sauvignon is also brilliant, with plenty of darker cassis and currant-driven fruit to go with a full-bodied, concentrated, powerful style on the palate. It has the vintage's fresh, focused, concentrated.
94 James Suckling -
Cedar and blackberry with blackcurrant and violet aromas. Medium- to full-bodied with hints of hazelnut and chocolate and some olive undertones. So fresh and vivid at the end. All about balance and drinkability.

Technical Details

  • WinemakerJohn Hoefliger
  • CountryUS
  • RegionCalifornia
  • Sub-RegionNorth Coast
  • AppellationNapa Valley
  • Alcohol14.4%

AXR Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2021

Cabernet Sauvignon  |  US
JD94, JS94

SPECIAL: Price drops to $69.95 per bottle when you purchase 6+!
13% off retail!

AXR’s roots are as quintessential to Napa Valley as cabernet sauvignon is – and today these two collide in a double 94-point 2021 Napa cab from the hot young producer with exceptional pedigree making good on a historic property. Reaching back nearly 150 years, the AXR estate was previously V Madrone until 2017, and originally the August Hersch Winery in the 1880s. Purchased by three wine-savvy friends in 2017, who sagely partnered with 100 pt. winemaker, Jean Hoflinger, today AXR demonstrates an impeccable mastery of crafting terroir-centric wines that represent Napa Valley superbly. This brilliant cabernet is one such example – coming to life vividly with fresh dark fruits, woodsy undertones, and a balanced power that will blow away anyone who appreciates an excellent Napa cab. When you order 3+ bottles, shipping is included, and for 6+, the price drops to $69.95 per bottle...don’t miss out on this!

The AXR property is a melting pot of history, from Native American hunting grounds to wild west pioneers to the first California female vintner in 1886 – transforming into a brewery, restaurant, inn, saloon, and winery throughout its many iterations. The name AXR represents the AxR rootstock – Aramond x Rupestris – which was prominent in California in the 1960s, when UC Davis recommended it widely, but fell prey to phylloxera in the mid-1980s to early-’90s, causing about three-quarters of California’s vines to be replanted. After its demise, California’s wine regions were left as a nearly blank canvas to experiment with and explore which grape varieties might thrive. AXR’s three founders and lead winemaker follow suit – continuing to view Napa’s lands and soils as a gift to unwrap and traverse with curiosity, paying their respect to the area’s original “roots.” These four friends – Kelly Trevethan, Mark Schratz, Don Van Laeken, and winemaker Jean Hoefliger – sat around a table enjoying good food, wine, stories, and laughter when the idea for AXR started to form life.

Now, the winery, set on a historic estate two miles north of St. Helena, prioritizes modern, innovative winemaking techniques in order to draw out the essence of Napa Valley into its prized wines. The team works with top parcels of fruit naturally fermenting in small, microproduction lots for extensive observation of the quality and characteristics within the terroir from each batch. The 2021 cabernet sauvignon – which attracted 94 points from critical heavy hitters Jeb Dunnuck and James Suckling – exquisitely showcases the handiwork poured into each bottle, and we’re still spinning that we were able to secure this degree of quality of Napa cab juice for under $70 a bottle.

2021 as a whole is showing to be an exceptional year for Napa wines, though low in yield. It was a moderate growing season with minimal heat waves and steady weather patterns well into the fall, producing fruit that was intense in aroma and flavor. This deep and dark cabernet sauvignon is as fresh and vivacious as it is complex, unfurling with scents of cedar wood, black currant, and blackberry, spinning in notes of dark cocoa powder and shaved hazelnut. These flavors continue developing on the palate, lingering alongside some sweet plum and blackberry jam, with balanced cooking spices, dried thyme, pencil graphite, and cigar box bringing in something more intense after all the big, fruitier juice. This is a cab that evolves, yet remains brightly structured throughout the entirety making for an exceptionally drinkable, smooth, and concentrated finish that you won’t long forget. This is a proper Napa cab made for enjoying with friends – just as the originators of AXR would have it! Get some for well under retail, and experience this knockout palate pleaser for yourself!

PAIRING IDEAS: Go big or go home! Yes, this is a Napa cab worthy of your finest filet mignon. Roast some smashed garlic rosemary potatoes on the side with some baby broccoli for an incredibly easy but gourmet-feeling feast that sings with this beautiful cabernet.

About the Producer

The AXR dream began with four friends sitting around a table sharing, dreaming, laughing, and occasionally sipping! The three founders: Kelly Trevethan, Mark Schratz and Don Van Laeken, as well as our consulting winemaker, Jean Hoefliger have created a clear vision that they are executing on. The history of the estate is compounded in layers; rooted in historic tales of fierce Native American hunting grounds, wild west pioneers and the first woman vintner of California in 1886. It has changed hands over the course of 134 years to become a brewery, restaurant, inn, winery and saloon. Tales of love, lust, heartbreak, murders and great fortune create an imaginative backdrop to our present-day vision of AXR.