Messrs. Melka and Rolland combine their prodigious skills to create a masterful expression of Napa Valley Cabernet. This is a collaboration that brings several extremely fine terroirs together for what is, essentially, a micro-production (~100cs) of four barrels but could easily include as many as a dozen individual lots, and just as many different oak types as well. They use their years of skill of understanding how different contributing wines interact and work together to produce something exceptional from an aroma and flavor profile. The fundamental idea that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. In this way, the limited offering of this estate bottling is unique each vintage, while simultaneously spotlighting the finest characteristics of Napa.
99 POINTS -Jeb Dunnuck
"The top wine of the estate is the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley, all Cabernet aged 22 months in 65% new barrels. Flirting with perfection, it’s a magical wine that offers a seamless, full-bodied, structured style as well as heavenly notes of crème de cassis and black raspberry fruit. With subtle background oak, complex floral and graphite nuances, ultra-fine tannins, and thrilling concentration, this quintessential Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon will be better with short-term cellaring and cruise for 2+ decades in cooler cellars." - 1/31/2019
98 POINTS - Vinous
"The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Alejandro Bulgheroni is a selection of the best barrels in the cellar. Dense, powerful, and explosive, the 2016 is endowed with tremendous depth. Crème de cassis, plum, new leather, licorice, dark chocolate, and sweet spice build as this dramatic, full-throttle Cabernet shows off its unctuous, bold personality. The 2016 is a real head-turner." - Dec 2018