Whitehall Lane Tre Leoni 2018
Whitehall Lane Tre Leoni 2018 presents a powerful, muscular, and juicy Napa Valley Red blend from ideal fruit sources and a superb vintage. In the glass, it shows a deep ruby-red core with a touch of purple on the rim.
The aromas are led by sun-kissed plum with tobacco, licorice, and pencil shavings. The rich and luscious mouthfeel shows red fruit, spice, and stout tannins all the way through the long finish. Drink now–2028.
Prisoner fans and Napa Valley Cabernet lovers, be forewarned: you are going to lose your cool for this wine. Lock in your case of this ruby-colored inflation-buster while it lasts.
An ‘under the counter’ Pour
If you’ve never heard of Whitehall Lane’s 2018 Tre Leoni Red Wine—a luscious blend of Napa Valley Cabernet, Merlot, and Zinfandel—well, there’s a VERY good reason for that.
Tre Leoni is what Valley insiders call an “under the counter” pour—a value overachiever that a winery doesn’t dare serve in the tasting room because it might block sales of their $100+ bottles. That’s why Tre Leoni is never seen in the tasting room at Whitehall Lane.
You also won’t see it on the shelf anywhere else. But because of our friendship with the Leonardini family of Whitehall Lane, we’ve got this gorgeous blend—one capable of upstaging far more expensive wines—for the kind of price you rarely see in Napa Valley anymore.
So, three generations of the Leonardini Family (tre leoni, or “three lions”) collaborated to create this Cabernet Sauvignon–dominant blend. While coming from one of Napa Valley’s great vintages. Then, vinifying each grape variety separately and aging in French and American oak barrels. As a result, after 20 months, winemaker Jason Moulton assembled the final blend, bottling Tre Leoni unfined and unfiltered.
Show-stopping Quality to Value
While the key to this wine’s show-stopping quality-to-value ratio is that the Leonardini family’s holdings are clustered in the high-quality AVAs of Rutherford and St. Helena. And they’ve owned their estate for almost 30 years.
So, the caliber of their estate fruit—not to mention the purchased fruit that went into this blend—is closer to that of the $60 or $75 red. Of course, that is already an endangered species in the Napa Valley.