Playground Cellars St. Helena Cabernet 2017 | Exclusive: from Top Napa Vineyard
Playground Cellars St. Helena Cabernet 2017 pours an elegant ruby color with a kiss of magenta on the rim. While dried roses and bramble florals plus raspberries and winter spice dominate the nose. This wine has a generous mouthfeel with layers of dark plum, freshly roasted coffee, cinnamon, and nutmeg, with supple tannins.
When we first tasted the Playground Cellars St. Helena Cabernet 2017, its generous mouthfeel, supple tannins, and layers of dark plum shined with this iconic terroir and let us know we were sipping with the Big Dogs. Yet winemaker Joe White’s Cabernet, while made with fruit that usually produces $100+ Napa Cabs, comes at half the price.
When St. Helena is Your Playground
There’s a neighborhood of vineyards in western Saint Helena akin to the Hollywood Hills of Napa viticulture. Cabernets from this “who’s who” area, including those from all-stars such as Beringer and Spottswoode, effortlessly evolve into plush, fruit-driven perfection.
Last year’s 2016 vintage was a sold-out success, which positioned us to secure early access to the new release at 50% off. It’s rare when we see a deal this sweet from Saint Helena—an authentic garagiste winery in the heart of Napa with grapes from top-tier vineyards that are notoriously hard to access.
Husband and wife team Joe White and Suzanne Berkely
Husband and wife team Joe White and Suzanne Berkely spent years honing their craft as California winemakers before launching Playground Cellars. As assistant winemaker at Brown Estate, Joe leads the lauded Napa Valley winery into 90+ scores from Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate and Wine Spectator year after year. The couple’s connections allow them to score top-notch fruit and rock-bottom prices. Hence, giving them the freedom to do what they want, making the label a true playground. We want to share the wine, we want people to enjoy what we’ve found.”
Playground Cellars was born from a passion for wine, a thrill for discovering something new, and joy from sharing what we find along our journey. We explore different wine regions and produce small artisanal lots from hard to acquire sources; striving for the varietal and terroir to come through with every sip. We focus on quality over quantity and bring these gems to you.