If you prefer a darkly colored, full bodied, big and bold, fruit driven Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, then this is IT!
“Lush and fruit-filled, with crushed plum, steeped raspberry and warmed cassis notes rolled together, carried by a well-embedded graphite spine. A swath of warm, dark earth cruises through on the finish, but leaves center stage to the fruit. Best from 2021 through 2031. 3,000 cases made.” 92 points, Wine Spectator (November 15th. 2020) $50 — JM
Caterwaul was conceived in 2014 by Thomas Rivers Brown and Matt Hardin along with Matt’s wife Alicia (Regusci) Hardin. The story goes that Thomas and Matt met at Regusci winery and rode around each block looking for what they considered to be the best on the ranch focusing on a section of “Block 3” where volcanic rock from the Vaca Range mixes with the alluvial soils deposited from the Napa River, and more specifically the center of Block 3 where a section of 15 year old Cabernet clone 15 was planted. This near forgotten clone was reported to originate in Bordeaux and is known for amazingly low yields. The original vintages of Caterwaul were only from these vines where 6 barrels were made. Beginning in 2016, the partners began incorporating Cabernet from the Hardin Estate vineyard in Pope Valley and thus for the 2017 vintage two wines were produced. This is the less expensive Napa blend. The wine’s striking label was created by Michael Kirts.