The Band of Vintners is a labor of love for seven wine business friends who set out to craft the finest Napa Cabernet, derived from fruit nurtured in only top sites, that drinks well above its price point. Band members include Mark Porembski, Stephane Vivier, Dan Petroski, Cameron Hobel, Barrett Anderson, Brennan Anderson and Jason Heller who pooled their insider knowledge, called in favors and have crafted a wine that is the culmination of serious fruit and equally serious talent. A blend of 83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot and 2% Cabernet Franc, this beauty was aged for eighteen months in once-used French oak, resulting in a wine with incredibly integrated tannins that allows the pedigreed fruit a sense of place and varietal expression unadulterated by overt use of new oak. According to the band, the outcome, “is a wine we believe makes a strong case for one of the best quality to price ratios in the Napa Valley and something we’re proud to share with our friends, family, and neighbors.” Trust us, when you taste this wine, you will wish you had more. This crimson nectar will inevitably become a bottle you will pull out for guests again and again at an affordable price point.
The Consortium Cabernet exhibits a dark crimson core with purple and garnet reflections on the rim. Classic Napa Cabernet aromas of blackcurrant, blackberry liqueur, fresh boysenberry, and black cherry are infused with notes of wet violets, coffee, fresh leather, tobacco, and the ideal touch of high-quality vanilla bean and baking spices. The oak aromas impart just the right nuances and are perfectly integrated and balanced without being overbearing as many Napa examples often are.
On the palate, the wine is medium-plus in body and captures pitch-perfect balance with the ideal freshness, soft, silky texture, and integrated, polished tannins that are wrapped around layered flavors of soft black fruit, leather, tobacco, cedar, cocoa, and subtle exotic spices. This incredibly young wine is already stunning in its youth, but will be hitting a sweet spot as the weather cools in the next few months. It’s peak should lie in the next 5-7 years although this beautifully structured wine could even surpass a decade in the cellar if kept well.
Taste currant, blackberry, cherry, bell pepper, olive, asparagus, spice, ginger, oak, vanilla, black cherry, plum, smoke, toast, tar, tobacco, raspberry, cassis, violet, pepper and green bean
Nose currant, blackberry, cherry, cedar, cigar box, violet, rose, truffle, earth, coffee, leather, tobacco, broccoli, berry and flower