This continues to be an incredible under-the-radar Cabernet Sauvignon. We have included this wine in several private wine tastings, and it continually shows as one of the best in the lineup of six Reds, with several priced a bit higher. Made by Julian Fayard, the previous head of winemaking for Philippe Melka’s winery clients including Dalla Valle, Lail Vineyards and Gemstone, this 2018 is their best vintage to date and comes from their estate vineyard in St. Helena. The 2018 offers “rich, boysenberry notes with whispers of wild thyme and stony minerality as their backdrop. Juicy black cherries, purple berries and pomegranate molasses fill the mouth with bright, glossy energy, while subtle notes of sweet tobacco and juniper berry broaden the spectrum of flavors on the mid-palate. Sleek tannins bring slippery texture and a luxurious mouthfeel, gliding seamlessly into a finish of fragrant mint tea and raspberry pie.” Taplin Cellars is contiguous with the legendary Lewelling Vineyard in St Helena’s west bench and proprietor Stephen Taplin’s family has been a part of the Napa Valley landscape since 1871. When you’re driving north on Highway 29, if you make a left at the Ford car dealership before getting into St. Helena and follow the road all the way west, you will run into their vineyard. The Lewellings, the Wights and the Taplins are all relatives and while many know of the famed Lewelling Vineyard and Wight Vineyard, few know of Taplin Vineyard.