Hollis Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2008

 

My cousin is a bartending master, he always picks out a phenomenal wine for me that I instantly fall in love with. One of the fun things about having my cousin feed me wines is that my opinion of them is never sullied by price.  He’s introduced me to wines anywhere from $10-$50 a bottle; I never know what I’m getting so my adventure is totally entrenched in just the experience of the wine itself.  Saturday night he placed a bottle of Hollis Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 in front of me. [Incidentally, Hollis is the second label of Stewart Cellars.]
I was immediately enamored with the lush grapey smell and the rich purple opaque colour in the glass. Svelte black cherry flavours moved into smokey oaky layers in the full body. The finish was big and bold and spicy, yet silky smooth. My classic dish of mac n cheese and fries bought out a lovely toasty, almost woodsy note in the jammy layers.
Even though it’s already a big bold, structured wine, it will just continue to get even better over the next few years.  100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley
California
Bottled by Hollis
14.5% alcohol
$35 [average price]
Enjoy now thru 2015
 
 
* Hollis is comprised of nearly 70% Stagecoach Vineyard grapes and only 1000 cases were made.

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