Luke Donald Collection Red Napa Valley 2011
Hand-crafted in a traditional European style, this is a blend of near equal quantities of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, with about 10% Cabernet Franc and a pinch of Petit Verdot. The wine has its origins in a longstanding friendship between top-ranked pro-golfer, Luke Donald, and fine wine professional, Bill Terlato, of the family-owned Terlato Wine Group. Whether on the golf course or in the vineyard, both men share a similar passion for excellence.
FOOD MATCHING NOTE
Aged for about 16 months in French oak barrels, the wine displays structured tannins, intertwined with vibrant flavours of black berries and subtle spice notes, hints of espresso bean, liquorice and wild berry fruit appear on the long, supple finish. Limited availability.
ABOUT THE WINE MAKER
Anthony Terlato and his sons Bill and John became winery owners and vintners in 1996 with the sole objective of making excellent premium wines that could be enjoyed with food. They invested in high quality vineyards in the best regions and bought state-of-the-art equipment for each of the four wineries which they had bought.
Doug Fletcher, their Chief Winemaker, is a rarity amongst winemakers in that he is as comfortable in the vineyard as he is in the cellar. He has also worked with fruit from Stags Leap District for more than two decades.