2015 JULES MELANGE BARRELHEAD CABERNET “750ML” The wine is Deep ruby purple hue, beautiful aromas of crushed dark fruits – cassis and blackberry – are matched by sandalwood and vanilla oak tones. On the palate is has loads of plush 2012 Cabernet fruit – ripe, mouth filling and layered, with sweetly concentrated crushed dark fruits, ripe supple tannins, stony Spring Mountain mineral notes underneath, and complex mocha and oak nuances that linger into the wine’s long finish. Upfront and forward enough to enjoy right now, this will also drink great for up to a decade or more.
I tasted a bottle of this last week and it absolutely blew me away. One of the best deals on hard core Napa Cab out there! I strongly recommend!
Here’s a strong recommendation! Barrelhead Wine Company is a tiny winery – a collaboration between Chris Corley (winemaker at his family winery Monticello Vineyards which he runs with his two brothers), and his wife Jules Melange, who started at Mondavi/Opus fifteen years ago in vineyard research and went on to work as a viticulturist for Williams Selyem, Hourglass Vineyards, and many other prestigious vineyards in Napa and Sonoma. The 2015 Barrelhead Cabernet Sauvignon is a single vineyard, 100% Cabernet Sauvignon from the family’s Heinemann Mountain Vineyard, up on Spring Mountain, in the Napa Valley. Only 96 cases of the wine were made. This is hard core single vineyard mountain fruit from the great 2015 Napa Cab vintage that received 97pts by Parker for the vintage that can be had for $59.99 per. 2015 is a very showy, sexy vintage, making the wine wonderfully accessible now and will also cellar superbly for another decade. This wine is killer at the price. The wine drinks much more that its price tag.