Napa Valley located in California is considered to be one of the premier wine regions in the world and is a dream location of wine connoisseurs. Its vast viticultural area has turned into a choice location for ecotourism and has also won the World’s best wine and food destination award by Trip advisor’s 2010 Traveler’s Choice awards. Napa Valley is highly sought for the making of cult wine that are made in small quantities and often sold for high prices. Here are few of the best winemakers in Napa Valley that specialize in the making of cult wines.
Harlan Estate and Bond Estate: Founder Bill Harlan makes every effort in making the Napa Valley cult classics. Robert Parker had scored Harlan with 5 hundred point scores from 1994 to 2007 and has scored Bond with 4 hundred points since 2000. Bond highlights the best terroir with six wines from six distinct single vineyards. Both these wineries deliver the best wines that Napa Valley has to offer. Appointments are available for members.
Screaming Eagle: Founder Jean Philips released its first vintage in 1992 and it sent waves across the wine community standing up to its name for being bold and luscious with a steel backbone but soft as velvet. The price rose from $75 to $750 within a few years and currently sells a bottle for $7000. This place does not offer any tours or tasting events.
Clogin Cellars: This was founded in 1992 by Ann Colgin on Mount Prichard in Napa Valley. The winery has won 9 hundred point scores from Robert Parker since 2002. They are famed for their IX Estate Red wine which is a classic Bordeaux blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Merlot. Appointments are available for members.
Schrader Cellars: Grapegrower Andy Beckstoffer’s vineyards and Winemaker Thomas River Brown together have achieved 100 point scores from Robert Parker for the well crafted 9 wines between 2002 and 2008. Appointments are available for members.
Abreu Vineyards: Founded by Dave Abreu who grew up in a ranch family in Napa Valley has won 6 hundred points from Robert Parker since 1997. This vineyard has a waiting list for a chance to purchase it’s highly sought after Cabernet Sauvignon blends. Appointments are available for members.
Araujo Estate Wines: Founded by Bart and Daphne Araujo in 1990, this vineyard has been here for over 150 years and has produced some of the best wines from producers in Napa Valley. They are yet to score 100 points but they have won their cult status with consistency and premier quality. Eisele Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon barrel sample of 2013 has been scored at 96-100 by Robert Parker exhibiting its potential. Appointments are available for members.
Bevan Cellars: For founder Russel Bevan and Victoria De Crescenzo this vineyard is a dream come true. They have learned the best secrets of the trade from Greg La Follette and Kal Showket and established their winery in Sonoma. They have won their way into the Napa Valley cult wine category. Their 2011 Bevan Cellars Tin Box Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon from Oakville has won 100 points from Robert Parker in 2011.