2018 Egelhoff Cabernet Code Red
2018 Egelhoff Cabernet Code Red Warm plums, cassis and mulberries with touches of bay leaves and spice cake plus a waft of earth. Medium to full-bodied, plush, generously fruited, harmonious and refreshing, it is simply delicious!
This wine offers up the classic black and red currant scents along with some tobacco leaf and underbrush, a touch of soil undertones and a whiff of chocolate. Medium to full-bodied and fruit-driven, to be enjoyed over the next ten years. This is a great value that drinks way above it pay grade.
Bob Egelhoff is one of the greatest Winemakers in Napa. The list of Wineries he has made wine for is spectacular. He has made wines for Beckstoffer Vineyards, Robert Craig and Merryvale. Today he consults for Pahlmeyer, David Arthur and Axios, some of the finest names in Napa. Today however his main focus and passion today are his own wines and today I have his great value Napa Cab and of the great values I have tasted in the last 3 months. The wine is the 2018 Egelhoff Cabernet Code Red and you will hard pressed to find Napa Cab at this price that is this good. 2018 is a great vintage for Napa. Decanter loved the vintage, “ The 2018 Napa Valley Cabernet vintage belongs in an echelon with the finest of the past two decades. It was absent of challenges that plagued many of the previous years, ranging from drought, low yields and heatwaves”
The wine is superb, richly textured and bold with a classic Napa Cab core. This is a small production wine, only 550 cases that gets the same tender love and care that Egelhoff gives his $100 plus Napa Cabs. The wine is sourced from some of Napa’s finest single vineyards including Mt George (1st planted in the 19th century and today part of Silverado Vineyards), Olive Hill (Owned By BR Cohn) and Blakely Vineyard (used by Bob in his $100 Plus Cabs). The wine is also 100% Napa Cab, most Cabs under $50 are made up with 25% other grapes to soften them up and bring the cost down. This is a great buy, a legendary winemaker, an all-time great value the wine has all the bells and whistles, even better wait till you pop the cork.