A MOUNTAIN CLASSIC FROM GREATEST NAPA VINTAGE OF THE LAST 30 YEARS
When you combine over 40 years of winemaking experience, an important historic Napa vineyard, and the greatest Napa vintage in the last thirty years, you have the makings of a tremendous bottle of wine (and yes I think 2013 is better than 1997 by a long shot) Tom Eddy's eponymous winery in Northern Calistoga is a hidden classic, producing robust, generously oaked wines that deliver deep complexity and power after ten years of aging. Tom spent his time in the late 1970s helping to make some of the the iconic vintages of Inglenook, and has been around many of the great properties in Napa Valley since then. He finally settled and founded his winery in the late 1990s. At Pappas Bros Steakhouse, we had a deep vertical of these wines in many different size formats. I grew to love the aged bottlings. So there was no hesitation when I saw this offer for the 2013 vintage. The Brandlin Vineyard is particularly historic, having been farmed since 1926. Located high above the fogline, and enjoying one of the longest growing seasons in Napa, Brandlin has been slowly creeping into the elite group of Napa Valley vineyard sources. This sleeping giant has re-awakened to flex its 100-year old history in Napa Valley. This wine is a multilayered beauty with notes of crushed blackberries, black currants, violets, incense, camphor and toasted sage in a deep, full-bodied style with the classically muscular tannic structure of the 2013 vintage. This special release from the winery won't last long.