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2013 Anatomy No.1  Cabernet Sauvignon

2013 Anatomy No.1 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley *Michel Rolland Protégé


 
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Hesperian & Sullivan's Famed Philippe Langner

Crafted by one of Napa’s elite small lot, single-vineyard Cab producers is one of our new favs that we can’t believe we can enjoy every day! While breaking his mold slightly, Winemaker Philippe Langner uses his Bordeaux-obtained appreciation for the complexity blending contributes to wine to create this Napa treat that finishes with just a splash of Merlot and Syrah. The style is excellent and almost defiantly swoon-worthy.


Why we love it:

  • The Bordeaux advantage. When the winemaker can add working his way up the ladder at Chateau Clarke (owned by Rothschild) and gaining experience with two of Bordeaux’s finest winemakers Jacques Boissenot and Michel Rolland to his resume, you know you have someone special at the helm. His learned Bordeaux-style comes across in his Cabs and yet the expression is also totally Napa.
  • A vintage to be adored. From Napa’s 95 point Cab vintage, this wine is one of the few we believe is really ready to drink now, but that will also stand some good time in the cellar. Finding that aging sweet spot isn’t always easy, but this wine’s got it.
  • Philippe’s more affordable offering. “Anatomy” was launched to complement the Hesperian label showcasing Napa Cab at a price point accessible by more consumers without sacrificing the qualities that make a good Napa Cab, well … unmistakable Napa Cab.

Deep ruby in color with intense and intriguing layers of juicy berries and dark plum, toasty oak notes, and spicy hints of sweet bay leaf and anise. Vibrant berry and dark chocolate flavors blend with black peppercorn and graphite to create a complex and full palate. The rich, velvety structure delivers a smooth and seamless finish of cassis, blackberry pie, and rosemary.

Growing up in Africa, Philippe Langner was always fascinated with plants and how to grow them. His love of agriculture led him to U.C. Davis where he graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Agronomy and a double Masters in Agronomy and Agricultural Economics.

Philippe Langner, WinemakerAfter graduation Philippe returned to his family in Paris. While working in a bank he searched for work in an NGO in third world agricultural development. It was at this time that his sister convinced him to try working at Chateau Clarke, in Bordeaux. Philippe fell in love with a fascinating new world at the confluence of agriculture, science, art and business.

Chateau Clarke, a Rothschild property, belongs to his brother in law. He started at the bottom of the ladder and moved up progressively while participating to all the different aspects of viticulture and winemaking. It also allowed him the unique opportunity to enter the closed world the great Bordeaux Chateaux' and develop benchmarks of excellence. It gave him an understanding of what a great wine is and what it takes to make it. It was also during this period that he had the opportunity of working with two of Bordeaux's most respected winemaker: Jacques Boissenot and Michel Rolland.

After a stint in South Africa for crush in 2000, Philippe wanted to return to California. Thru a chance meeting he met the Sullivan Family in Rutherford in the Napa Valley and was hired after a 15 minute interview. He started working for Sullivan Vineyards for the harvest of 2001. In 2002 he was promoted to viticulturist and winemaker. His tenure at Sullivan Vineyard ended in the Spring of 2010 as he became more involved with his own winemaking projects.

Enjoy this wine with grilled tri-tip, braised short ribs, or pasta with wild mushrooms and prosciutto.

Wine Ratings

92 Insider Points

Wine Reviews

Dark almost black in color in the glass. This powerful wine is loaded with blackberry, cassis, dark chocolate and rhubarb spice when smelling the glass. In tasting this wine we have discovered layers of those same elements. Blackberry pie, spiced cocoa nibs and cassis round out this full bodied daily drinking cabernet. Vanilla extract and baker's chocolate finish. Drink now or hold for the next five years.
-DZ 5/17

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