One of our favorite wineries in Napa is the Palladian (2003 vintage was labeled Olivia Brion). This elegant Cabernet Sauvignon was produced on the verdant St. Helena estate of Sandra and David Jones. Together with winemaker David Mahaffey, they have dedicated themselves to making high quality Bordeaux style wine. The Palladian temple (depicted on the front label) which overlooks the vineyard, came originally from England. It serves as a reminder of the importance of balance, harmony, and structure in winemaking as well as in life, priced at a fraction of the cost of their neighbors.
Winemaker’s Notes: From one of the best Napa Valley appellations, St. Helena, the resulting wine captures a Bordeaux-esque acidity and complexity with moderate alcohol (13.9%). Alcohol is intentionally reduced through the open top fermenters and 100% humidity cave in which the wine is aged. Notes of cherries, cigar-box cedar, red currant, and graphite. Aged 24 months’ barrel in once used French oak barrels in our cave, then bottled and held on the estate for an additional 3 years before release. The Palladian temple pictured on the label is near the winery on the estate– in architecture as in wine, balance and proportion are everything. This Cabernet is a “reserve bottling”– I chose the best barrels of the vintage for this wine. David Mahaffey-Winegrower & winemaker