Three friends. A missed turn. An intimate tasting with Robert Parker. Copious amounts of Champagne. A bird statue in a window. This is the genesis of Banshee. Since then they’ve come a long way in short time but the goal hasn’t changed: to craft distinctive wine that over-delivers in every possible way. They want to give the world wines with real joie de vivre. Banshee owns no vineyards of its own (yet!) but works in lock-step with high-end vineyard owners and wineries to produce wines of depth, purity and balance. They spend ridiculous amounts of time working on finalizing each blend, and then try to convince people that “It’s a tough job but someone’s gotta do it.”
As in past vintages of this wine, the Banshee folks sought to create a blend of Napa Valley “mountain” fruit and “choice valley floor” parcels. Since 2010 was cooler and abundant in fine structure naturally, they used a bit more from the Oakville and Rutherford appellations and a little less from Howell Mountain. The resulting wine is 64% valley floor and 36% mountain fruit. The “Blend” is 96 % Cabernet Sauvignon and 4% (combined) Merlot, Petit Verdot, and Cabernet Franc. This is the most age worthy wine Banshee has created. It’s densely packed with blackberry, currant, and plum flavors and buoyed by an intricate, yet firm structure. It is delicious now but will continue to improve over the next 10-15 years.