2018 Grand Napa "Master Red" Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend (Elsewhere $50+)

SKU #1524294 92 points Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark Loads of black cherries, currants, tobacco leaf, chocolate, and spring flower notes emerge from the 2018 Master Red. A medium to full-bodied, lightly textured blend with integrated tannins and a clean, classy finish. Inner quote mark (1/2021)

92 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark Savory aromas of dried mushroom and oyster shell on the nose, layered with dried blackcurrant and tobacco. It’s medium- to full-bodied with sleek, integrated tannins. Flavorful with a juicy, savory finish. Inner quote mark (12/2020)

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By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/14/2021 | Send Email
"Master Red" is a proprietary red blend from Grand Napa Vineyards and has often been my favorite from them, at least for drinking in the near-term. The 2018 is composed of 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Malbec, and 20% Merlot. The core of Cabernet Sauvignon, sourced from Rutherford and Oakville plus some mountain fruit from Diamond Mountain and Atlas Peak, gives plenty of power and concentration. The smaller amounts of Malbec and Merlot give lush, soft, exuberant fruit that allows for early drinking and a less tannic feel than some of the straight Cabernet releases. Showing the quality of the 2018 vintage, this wine is wonderfully pure and polished with ripe redcurrant, cassis, sandalwood, chocolate truffle, subtle oak spice, and some dusty earth. The tannins are groomed and fine, gliding over the palate with grace. It's nice to have a Napa Valley Bordeaux-style blend that is powerful but also very refined and soft on the palate without having to wait for the structure to resolve. This is a SCREAMING deal at our HUGELY discounted price. Don't miss this edition of the "Master Red." It's a delicious, crowd pleasing wine that you'll turn to time and time again.
Top Value! Drink from 2020 to 2030

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