Since 2006, the Dellar & Friedkin families have produced an award-winning single-vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon on the rocky soils in the eastern foothills of Napa Valley. The 8.3 acre vineyard on Soda Canyon Road sits south of Stags Leap and below Atlas Peak. Only 100 cases are produced each year.
As a restauranteur for over 40 years, Michael Dellar appreciates purchasing red wines with extra bottle age rendering them ready to drink upon release, but with a long future. Stardust is such a wine and the 2015 is the current vintage release.
2015 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, Dellar & Friedkin Vineyard
- 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
- 100 cases produced
- 24 months in barrel, 75% new and 25% neutral French oak, with an additional 27 months in bottle before release.
Vineyard: Dellar & Friedkin Vineyard, Soda Canyon Road, Napa Valley
Winemaker: Megan Gunderson | Resume – HALL, WALT, Dominus, St Supery, Robert Mondavi.
Tasting Notes: A warm winter (so what else is new?) resulted in an early bud break followed by a wet spring and back to a warm summer. The small crop yielded a concentrated wine, deep garnet in color with a spice box nose of cinnamon and cloves, and deep black cherry and black currant flavors. In a word, it’s delicious. A long persistent finish lingers on the palette thanks to two-plus extra years of bottle aging. It should drink beautifully for another decade, or more.