2019 Egelhoff Cabernet Code Black
There’s a reason they call it BLACK: Black color, Black Cherry, Blackberry, powerful Black velvety finish.
A rich, concentrated wine from the hillside vineyards of Napa Valley.
Briary components of blackberry dominate the aroma and flavors. Strong and structured this wine will easily age 10 -15 years but can be enjoyed immediately with tomato based pastas and rich grilled or roasted meats.
Isn’t time you ordered the “Code Red”.
Bold, robust Cabernet with all the traditional Napa characteristics: ripe black and purple cassis, and plenty of rich vanilla and baking spice from time spent aging in oak. Sure to please!!! Food Pairing Seared NY strip steak, hearty beef stews, bacon cheeseburgers, venison
Egelhoff Wines was founded by long time Napa Valley vintner Bob Egelhoff with his first vintage of Egelhoff Wines dating from 1999. His background is both in viticulture and enology; he is a graduate of UC Davis. After managing vineyards for a brief period near Chico, California he moved to the Napa Valley – what better vineyard management company to start with then Beckstoffer. He worked for Andy Beckstoffer for several years in the mid 1980’s and followed that with positions at well known Napa Valley wineries including Harlan Estate, Pahlmeyer, Chappellet and Merryvale.
Since the early 1990’s he has exclusively consulted for a number of ultra premium small producers – primarily those who are based in the Napa Valley. Although over the years Bob has produced other wines for various retailers including restaurants, a distributor, a country club and a one off wine honoring baseball player, Cal Ripken’s “Iron Man” record of playing in 2,131 consecutive baseball games. And what was one of his career highlights, he was profiled in the Wine Spectator as crafting the 1997 wine of the year, the Cabernet Sauvignon Elevation 1147 he made when he was the winemaker at David Arthur Vineyards.
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 red and one of the great values I have tasted this year. The wine is the 2019 Egelhoff Cabernet Code Black and you will hard pressed to find Napa at this price that is this good. The wine is superb, richly textured and bold with a classic Napa 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. This Cabernet based blend 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 a steal for what’s in the bottle. 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.