Band of Vintners Consortium Cabernet 2017 | Changing the Rules on Quality & Real Value
Band of Vintners Consortium Cabernet 2017 displays a deep purple color. Reticent on the nose at first, but quickly opening up to red currant, blackberry, violet, Claro tobacco, cedar, and spicy herbal aromas. More open on the palate, with a ripe attack of black cherry and blackberry fruit followed by complex hints of matcha and tobacco carried by the firm, crunchy tannins. Most of all, excellent value for Napa Cabernet!
The nose alone would seem to place it at nearly three digits, an intoxicating, herb-flecked buffet of violet, blackberry, redcurrant, and black cherry. Round and plush on the palate. While suffused with deep black fruit concentration. Finally, the streamlined tannins lead right on through to the one-minute finish. Of course, another giveaway that usually foreshadows a forbidding price tag.
The Band | High-quality Napa Cab
Operating somewhat like a négociant, the group originally convened to taste wines and trade industry insights over potluck meals. With time, they discovered that the seven of them could work as a nerve center of California winemaking networks, with access to the best fruit, farmers, and minds in the business. They set out to leverage those connections to make the kind of wine they wanted to pour most nights: something that drinks like $120, but costs under $40.
The Band of Vintners Consortium Cabernet 2017 is the result. 2014 was their first vintage. While 2015 was a breakout bottling. And Decanter recently did a laudatory piece on the Band. As a result, calling their Cabernet “the opposite of those ($200-per-bottle) ego projects” that are constantly popping up in Napa Valley. Hence, we expect the many clients who jumped all over our first offer of Band of Vintners to act quickly. For those who have not yet experienced the fruits of these seven formidable wine professionals—who are even more decorated than they were a year ago—2016 is a great place to start.
So, Band of Vintners is an Avengers-level team of wine professionals. Having been highlighted by Decanter in a feature on “The New Names to Know in Napa. While Each brings singular skills and abilities to the table. In addition to Petroski and Vivier, the team includes Harlan alum and Master Sommelier Jason Heller; Spring Mountain Vineyard winemaker Barrett Anderson; Folio Fine Wine Partners VP Brennan Anderson; Anomaly Vineyards winemaker Mark Porembski; and Christie’s auction house veteran Cameron Hobel, who works with superstar vintner Thomas Rivers Brown at Hobel Wines.