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S by Signorello Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2019  - First Bottle


92 Robert Parker's Wine Advocate -
A new wine that incorporates approximately 50% purchased fruit from Howell Mountain, Saint Helena and Rutherford, the 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon S includes 7% Merlot and 3% Petit Verdot. It's red fruited and plush, with cherry and red raspberry notes framed by velvety tannins on the medium to full-bodied palate, then a long, harmonious finish. It should retail for around $85, making it a decent value.
92 Decanter -
A blend of three different northern Napa Vineyards, this is a predominant Cabernet blend for Signorello's second label, S.
91 Wine Enthusiast -
Inviting in dark berry, dark chocolate and plum, this wine offers supple tannins and a touch of heat. Youthfully approachable and lush, it finishes in dried herb, cedar and tobacco
90 Jeb Dunnuck -
Looking at the reds, the 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon S coming from the northern parts of the valley (Howell Mountain, Rutherford, and St. Helena) and is 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Merlot, and the balance Petit Verdot. Ripe black cherries, currants, tobacco leafy, and some earthy nuances define the aromatics, and it’s medium-bodied, with fine tannins and outstanding length. This functions as the second wine of the estate, and it’s perfect for enjoying over the coming 7-8 years or more.
90 Vinous -
The 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon S by Signorello is a new second wine. Silky, aromatic and gracious, the 2019 is an understated wine that showcases the more savory side of Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. Rose petal, mint and dried herbs linger effortlessly. This mid-weight Cabernet is very nicely done.

Technical Details

  • Blend91% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Merlot and 2% Petit Verdot
  • WinemakerPriyanka Dhar French
  • CountryUS
  • RegionCalifornia
  • AppellationNapa Valley
  • VineyardFruit for this wine came from Howell Mountain, Saint Helena and Rutherford vineyards
  • OakFrench oak (50% new oak).
  • Aging/Cooperage18 Months
  • Harvest DateSeptember 20th-28th, 2019
  • Alcohol14.9%
  • Production1350 cases

S by Signorello Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2019

Cabernet Sauvignon  |  US
WA92, DC92, WE91, VN90, JD90

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Signorello – like a phoenix from the ashes, they have risen! After the devastating 2017 Napa fires burned the winery down, the Signorello brand has come back stronger than ever! This 92 POINT cabernet sauvignon – made from fruit on Howell Mountain, from Rutherford Bench, and Saint Helena – is a great sign of things to come...especially at our BEST anywhere price!

No one anywhere could have blamed Signorello for closing up shop in the wake of the horrendous 2017 Atlas Peak Fire. The burning edifice of their winery became the iconic image used by media outlets around the globe, and while many others suffered damage...theirs was total and complete. But Ray Signorello vowed to rebuild and come back stronger than ever. Construction is ongoing, now six years later, but fantastic, hope-giving wines have been crafted, Steve Matthiason viticulture, a top-notch winemaking team: Priyanka French and another rockstar winemaker’s name has been tied to the project. The future is bright, indeed!!

This miraculous 2019 “S” cabernet sauvignon – sourced from three pristine vineyard sites in the northern reaches of Napa Valley - is a completely solid effort that surely falls in line with the best under $100 Napa Valley cabs available. But at our exemplary $70 a bottle – this becomes something else entirely... a can’t-miss, top-value cabernet sauvignon that seriously (and tremendously) overdelivers!

Sylvan Lake Vineyard is a hidden gem on Howell Mountain – not to mention a new focal point for rockstar winemaker, Celia Welch, now that she has shuttered her personal label, Corra. The vines were only planted in 2014, but this is a property to watch (Signorello got access because of their own association with Celia). A pocket of warmth, coupled with volcanic soils and plenty of stress, makes this a perfect backbone, beautifully fleshed out by prestigious and plump cabernet sauvignon from the historic Chaix Vineyard in Rutherford. From there, the final core is augmented by Saint Helena’s Solares Vineyard – tucked in the valley center near the Aurajo family’s Wheeler Farms.

A blend of 91% cabernet sauvignon, 7% merlot, and 2% petit verdot, this sumptuous and round cabernet sauvignon showcases all of the flair one might desire in Napa cab – with inky berry notes, dustings of shaved chocolate, ripe plums, toasty oak spices, and a creamy, long finish. The wine is big, yet approachable, savory but not animalistic, and the sweet fruit sensations are pristinely harnessed by a juicy and soft acidity. Not a rough edge to be found, with plenty of promise for development over the next several years! This is a cabernet to pour and enjoy amicably and freely – but first, you gotta get some! At First Bottle’s spectacular price of only $70 – this 92 POINT stunner is sure to vanish quickly!

PAIRING IDEAS: This is a new go-to for me with my weekly burger indulgence. I went for a house-made thick burger here, with caramelized onions, a confit garlic aioli, and blue cheese crumbles that I broiled on the bun. A finish of my special balsamic glaze, and this was a winter treat that was perfect for a big, rich, and layered cabernet.

About the Producer

Signorello Estate is a renowned winery located in the Napa Valley region of California. Established by Ray Signorello Jr. in 1985, the winery quickly gained acclaim for its commitment to producing high-quality, Bordeaux-style wines. The estate's vineyards are situated on the Silverado Trail, a prime location in Napa known for its exceptional grape-growing conditions. Unfortunately, in October 2017, the winery fell victim to the devastating wildfires that swept through Northern California. The fires destroyed the winery's facilities and much of its wine inventory. Despite this setback, the Signorello family has shown resilience and determination to rebuild and continue their winemaking legacy. The history of Signorello Winery reflects both the challenges faced by Napa Valley and the strength of its winemaking community.