Goldschmidt Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Game Ranch Oakville 2017
Hillside Oakville Cab for under $70?
We thought you’d never ask!
Designed to showcase and highlight single vineyard sourced wines from Napa Valley, Nick Goldschmidt of Goldschmidt Vineyards believes in the power of California fruit from specific plots of heavenly dirt. Though Nick may be from New Zealand, his passion for California is unmistakable, and he gets every ounce of flavor and concentration out of his fruit in a way that always seems like sorcery.
Oakville is the heartbeat of the Napa Valley AVA, and the steep slopes that this fruit calls home is nothing short of spectacular. This wine channels that heartbeat, bringing pulse and life to the glass that is 100% unique and yet harnesses the classic spirit and essence of the famed appellation.
Gothic in the glass, the color almost lends itself to black rather than garnet or purple, and the dazzling array of black fruits does wonders to reinforce the visual presentation. Much like the bombastic personality of Nick himself, this wine is an extrovert in the best of ways, and black cherries, wild blackberries, blueberry preserves, grilled plums, crushed earth, black currant, and vanilla cream lead into an opulent palate full of dark fruits, exotic spice, and sweet oak that lingers on the finish for days.
Oh… and the Game Ranch Vineyard happens to share the same hillside with none other than Screaming Eagle.
We figured that would get your attention.
And only 300 cases of Goldschmidt’s epic Cab are made every vintage.
So let’s review, shall we?
Epic hillside Oakville Cabernet that shares the same property with the most prized bottle of Napa Valley, and priced at $X vs. $2,000.
Do you really need more than that?
I mean, we can lead a horse to water but, well, you get the point.
This Cab is packed with power and extroverted character—much like Nick Goldschmidt himself. Spiced black fruit and dry tannins take hold and coat the teeth with dried violets and tobacco. The tarry middle is surrounded by elegance, acidity, and structure that sing.
Aromas of mulberries, plums, cedar, sweet licorice and cloves. Full-bodied with plush tannins. Rich, creamy and layered with a bright core of dark fruit on the center-palate. Flavorful finish. Drink from 2023.