Caterwaul Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, USA 2021
VINTAGE : 2021
COUNTRY : USA
REGION/APPELLATION : California, Napa Valley
VARIETALS : Cabernet Sauvignon
The Napa bottling continues to be Caterwaul’s calling card. We’ve had a lot of success (and fun) with this wine, offering a true value driven Cabernet that punches way above its weight. The Napa bottling has allowed us to trial vineyards in all parts of Napa knowing we have a catch all for anything that might not be of single vineyard quality. With Matt’s family holdings in Pope Valley as our high quality base, we’ve been able to grab a few cooler, down valley sites to complement the warmth of his estate. Adding in barrels from my family of consulting clients has helped up quality every year especially in a vintage as good as 2021. The goal is to continue to grow this bottling, while keeping the price reasonable, and use its distribution to expose more people to Caterwaul’s smaller, single site wines. As wine consumers ourselves, it just feels good to offer a wine of this quality at this price. Dark, complex and structured, the 2021 vintage delivers a Cabernet Sauvignon profile that comes from having access to some of the finest vineyards in the Napa Valley. The wine displays a completely opaque, dark purple hue in the glass. Densely layered aromatic notes suggest plum reduction, quince, oolong tea, and cedar bark. The palate experience has an interwoven dark fruit core with lively baker’s chocolate notes that then lean towards brambly red fruit. Notes of blackberry paste, leather and cocoa nib dominate the mid palate while the lengthy finish expresses brighter notes of black raspberry, dark cherry and blueberries. The sleek mouthfeel is framed by finely integrated tannins and a balanced acidity, allowing for immediate enjoyment or a little nap in the cellar.