This is a serious winemaking couple who came together to start Ilaria, named after their daughter. Anna and Mario Monticelli both worked for Philippe Melka as assistant winemakers at wineries including Bryant Family and Seavey, before venturing on their own to take on their own winery clients and launch their own winery. This has always been a crowd-pleasing Cabernet, bringing more to the glass than wines far above its price point. The 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon is a blend of 94% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Malbec and 3% Petit Verdot. “Deep garnet-purple colored, it skips out of the glass with lively notes of wild blueberries, black cherries, and menthol, plus hints of pencil shavings and bay leaves. Medium to full-bodied, it has a serious structure with flirtatious, flamboyant fruit, offering plenty of layers and an earthy finish.” 94 Points, Robert Parker Wine Advocate.