Seems like an appropriate day to revisit a new old friend. One of the big hits last year was Band of Vintners Napa Cabernet. By all accounts, the 2017 effort from a banded group of Napa luminaries who lend their talents to names like Larkmead, Lokoya, Cardinale, Harlan, Dana Estates, Bond, Redd, Bouchon, et al. was an exceptional glass of wine and tremendous value. Well, guess what? 2017 in Napa as a whole was a crap vintage. And, guess what? 2018 was an excellent vintage. If you loved the 2017 (which you did) the 2018 is a no-brainer. So today, let's get a little red, white and blue and offer the 2018 BAND OF VINTNERS CAB, an EPIC money back guaranteed great wine for Masters Week, just before Thanksgiving, the beginning of the race to New Years. Let's do this!
CONSORTIUM BAND OF VINTNERS 2018 CABERNET - $35
6 - PACK PRICE - $180 ($30 PER BOTTLE)
12 - PACK PRICE - $335 ($28 PER BOTTLE)
Why is it SO hard to find a really well-made, delicious Cabernet from California that you can drink with pleasure for under $50? To be honest, we nearly gave up on the search, especially if you want the wine to have a true Napa Valley pedigree. Too often we are overloaded and underwhelmed with wines that all taste the same, lack real depth and personality, AND STILL cost a fortune.
We first tasted this blind out in Cali alongside a handful of other Napa Cabs that cost anywhere between $75 and $150. We loved the wine but were prepared to be disappointed by the corresponding price tag.
When we found out the wine was ONLY $40 WE WERE PSYCHED and then we found out who made it and WE WERE GIDDY! Run that back. You’re saying this is made by some of the most talented young winemakers in Napa with fruit sourced from some of the most respected vineyards (sorry, NDA long since signed) and it retails for WAY less than $50??
YUPPERS - today we introduce you to your new favorite band - THE BAND OF VINTNERS
What is Band Of Vintners? A group of winemaking friends who held a regular tasting group led by Steve Matthiasson (eponymous) and Dan Petroski (Larkmead, MASSICAN) and also included Barrett Anderson (Cardinale, Lokoya), Brennan Anderson (Folio Wine Partners), Jason Heller (Master Sommelier from Bouchon, REDD, Harlan, BOND and Dana Estate), and Mark Porembski (Anomaly and Zeitgeist) that decided they wanted to make the best price to quality Cabernet in Napa Valley you can possibly drink.
THE BAND worked their amazing network to source wine from a jawdropping list of vineyards (again, NDAs long since signed), and as we say, the quality is determined in the glass. We guarantee you will love it.
A Wine's Quality Is Determined In The Glass.
Shane Benson | Owner | New York Vintners
The 50 Best Wines Under $50
By Elin McCoy, December 14, 2017, 10:23 AM EST, Bloomberg Online
“A team of top Napa winemakers is behind this new label. This concentrated yet balanced red tastes of plum and licorice; it compares with Napa cabs selling for twice the price.”
“Life is too short to drink bad wine.”
Yet drinking Montrachet every day is just not real life for most of us.
This notion inspired us—a group of Napa Valley friends with more than four decades of diversified winemaking knowledge. We created a label based on the simple fact that high-quality wines can be delicious and affordable.
To make this possible, we pooled our resources, talents and invaluable relationships to access some of Napa Valley’s best, sustainably-farmed fruit and all the winemaking necessities to get their wine into bottle.
The result is Consortium, a symphony of Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon at a price that is music to everyone’s ear
Dan Petroski: Dan is the winemaker for Larkmead Vineyards and his own label, Massican, in addition to sharing his winemaking expertise with Band of Vintners.
A Brooklyn native, Dan attended Columbia University followed by a career with Time, Inc. working for Sports Illustrated and Time magazine. He relocated to Napa Valley more than a decade ago by way of Italy, where he learned how to make wine.
Dan currently lives in Yountville with his wife Jessica.
Dan’s Epiphany Wine: Sean Thackrey’s Pleiades
Cameron Hobel: Cameron is the founder of Milton Road Trading Company after serving as the Director of Sales and Marketing for Arcum Wine Trading in Switzerland, where he managed all fine wine sales to U.S. collectors, retailers, importers and restaurants.
He previously held positions with WineBid.com and Christie’s in Beverly Hills after launching his career in wine at Mendocino’s Greenwood Ridge Vineyards. Together with his wife Bahaneh, he became a vintner in his own right with Hobel Wines.
Cameron’s Epiphany Wine: 1989 Coche Dury Meursault Perreires 1er Cru
Stèphane Vivier: In addition to Band of Vintners and his own label, Vivier, which he shares with his wife, Stéphane is the winemaker for Hyde de Villaine and Long Meadow Ranch’s Anderson Valley wines.
Stéphane grew up in Meloisey, Burgundy. After obtaining degrees in viticulture and enology from Université de Bourgogne in Dijon, he worked in Switzerland, Sonoma and New Zealand. Along the way he discovered the difference between Old World and New World winemaking.
Together with his wife Dana, he lives in Sonoma with their two children.
Stéphane’s Epiphany Wine: 1974 Richebourg
Barrett Anderson: One of our four winemakers, Barrett mines the vines and mans the barrels at Jackson Family’s Cabernet estates. He has worked with some notable Napa brands, including Freemark Abbey, Cardinale and Lokoya.
Born and raised in Geyserville, Barrett obtained an undergraduate degree in biology at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He earned a graduate degree in Oenology and Viticulture from Australia’s University of Adelaide, Waite. While “down under,” he worked three harvests before returning to California.
Barrett’s Epiphany Wine: 1993 Leo Buring DW33 Clare Valley Riesling
Brennan Anderson: As Vice President of Marketing at Folio Fine Wine Partners, Brennan is our business man.
He is a Napa Valley native who entered the wine profession after working at an advertising agency in Santa Barbara and earning his MBA from Wake Forest University. He worked at Paterno Wine International in Chicago for several years, but together with his wife Lisa, returned to his hometown of Napa for sunshine and wine.
Brennan’s Epiphany Wine: 1976 St Clement Cabernet
Jason Heller: Our Master Sommelier Jason Heller is a Partner at Scale Wine Group and leads our sales efforts for Band of Vintners. He has been at the helm for several respected wine programs, including Thomas Keller’s Bouchon and Richard Reddignton’s REDD, and directed sales and marketing for Harlan, Bond and DANA Estates, most recently.
Jason graduated from Hawai’I Pacific University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with an emphasis in marketing. He now lives in Yountville, Calif. with his wife Sarah.
Jason’s Epiphany Wine: 1985 Domaine de la Romanée Conti Echezeaux
Mark Porembski: Mark is the winemaker for Anomaly Vineyards and he also produces his own wines under the Zeitgeist label in addition to band of Vintners. He lends his expertise as a winemaker to Band of Prior to joining Anomaly, Mark honed his craft in the Napa Valley cellars of Behrens Family, El Molino and Araujo, as well as Craggy Range in Hawkes Bay New Zealand.
Mark is originally from New England and holds a degree in poetry. He and his wife Jennifer Williams, a noted winemaker in her own right, live in Yountville with their three daughters.
Mark’s Epiphany Wine: A lost vintage and producer of Montepulciano D’Abruzzo
-Photos and excerpts from Band of Vintners
Aging: 15 months in French Oak