Cult Wines buying made easy
Cult wines are often seen as trophy wines to be collected or as
investment wine to be held rather than consumed. “Cult wine” typically refers to Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, which are the wines the term was coined to describe. Recently, though, the definition has expanded to include other regions and grapes. California cult wines refers to
any of the California wines "typically but not exclusively Napa Valley
Cabernets" for which collectors, investors and highly enthusiastic consumers
will pay very high prices. The emergence of the cult movement coincided with
trends in the 1990s towards riper fruit and wines with bigger and more
concentrated flavors. The producers of such wines include Bryant Family
Vineyard, Harlan Estate, Screaming Eagle and Sine Qua Non. All of which have scored 100 point scores from wine critics. Harlan Estate is one of the cult wines that reliably increases in value. Other wines that fall under the title occasionally are from Burgundy, Bordeaux, Rhône,
Spain and Argentina.
Beginning production in 1997, Harlan founded the Bond Estates, in collaboration with winemaker Robert Levy and vineyard manager Mary Maher, with the intent to identify and produce wine from "grand crus" of Napa Valley. A portfolio of wines that are diverse in their geographic representation and 'Grand Cru' in quality.
Bond Pluribus -Rated 98, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate.
Diamond Creek Cabernet Sauvignon
Diamond Creek is exclusively producing Cabernet Sauvignon in Calistoga. Al Brounstein created Diamond Creek in 1968 with his purchase of 79 acres in the Diamond Creek canyon.
Diamond Creek Red Rock Terrace is a 7 acre vineyard planted with Cabernet Sauvignon on red tinted clay soil with a large amount of iron deposits on a steep grade with a northern exposure.
The 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Red Rock Terrace reveals intense, ripe, impressive creme de cassis and boysenberry fruit notes.
-Rated 95, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate.
Bryant Family Vineyard
Bryant Family Vineyard was one of the original cult wines to emerge during the early 1990s, along with wineries such as Screaming Eagle, Harlan Estate, and Colgin. "The Bettina Bryant is a striking wine graced with exquisite aromatics and beautifully delineated fruit. It is a bit darker, firmer and more inward than the Bryant Cabernet Sauvignon."
-Rated 97, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate.
Lokoya Cabernet Sauvignon
The 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Mt. Veeder (from Veeder Peak) flows onto the palate with layers of dark, mineral-infused fruit. Graphite, cassis, blackberries, spices and new leather are some of the nuances that take shape in the glass.
"This is at once open and approachable, but also quite intense." -Rated 96,
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate.
Peter Michael Cabernet Sauvignon
Au Paradis is the newest offering from Peter Michael Winery. This producer’s stellar reputation was built on wines grown in Sonoma County, but the 2012 bottling of Au Paradis proves its deft touch extends to Napa. The wine speaks of its site, farmed and vinified to perfection by an experienced team capturing the brilliance of a bountiful vintage. -Rated 96,
Andrew Will Wines
This is pure pleasure: billowing black cherry, truffle, cassis, and a buttery pastry note that makes your eyes close in wistfulness. The ripe and silky texture helps make this delicious right now - sweet tannins and savory herbs compliment each other on the finish.
"The 2008 Champoux Vineyard is made up of 46% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 23% Cabernet Franc, and 5% Petit Verdot." -Rated 95, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate.
Château de Beaucastel
Beaucastel is perhaps the most famous Chateauneuf du Pape wine. It’s also one of the oldest estates in the appellation dating all the way back to 1549, when the families first stake in the region came into being.
Château de Beaucastel Chateauneuf du Pape Hommage a Jacques Perrin 2010: a
spectacular, world-class wine. -Rated 100, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate.
Château La Tour Blanche
La Tour-Blanche, is a sweet white wine of Sauternes ranked as Premier Cru Classé.
La Tour-Blanche 2003. Best La Tour Blanche ever tasted. The nose is subtle with aromas of honey and grapefruit. The attack is sweet and round. Loads of peach, spice, butter and flowers. Fantastic finish. a rich, sweet vintage of powerful, full-bodied wines. -Rated 96, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate.
Achaval Ferrer Wines
With 100 years of age, alluvial soils, rolling stones and a 40 cm surface layer of silt, the Bella Vista Estate is encompasses our operating Winery. Located 950 m.a.s.l in Perdriel, Luján de Cuyo, on the south bank of the Mendoza River, it consists of 13 hectares of Malbec coexisting with 380 centennial olive trees. The benchmark Finca bottlings are limited (under 1000 cases produced of each). -Rated 98, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Clarendon Hills Syrah Wines
Clarendon Hills‘ world famous and highly collectable 1er Grand Cru Syrah, features the stunningly bright five glowing stars of the cross against its black background, at once a reminder where this infamous wine hails from, the stars a metaphor for any review. With fabulous concentration, an expansive, savory texture, well-integrated acidityand a remarkable finish with plenty of sweet tannin," -Rated 95, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Vinos de Benjamin Romeo Contador 2002 Robert Parker’s Review awarded maximum points (100) to the 2004 and 2005 vintages of Contador, made in the garage. Alluring aromas of toast and smoke follow through on the palate of this oaky red. Just enough black cherry fruit for balance and plenty of firm tannins for structure. The prices for these wonderful curiosities reflect their rarity as well as the high quality winemaking." -Rated 96, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate