A dream does come true … Like so many people who end up working in the wine industry, one can look back on a chance encounter or conversation that set the wheels of fate in motion. John Giannini (Cresta Velia) met Thomas Rivers Brown through mutual friends while playing volleyball and it was Thomas who gave John his first job during harvest in the Napa Valley in the early 2000s. In 2006, John became the Cellar Master at Outpost Winery in Angwin and in 2007 he took over as the Assistant Winemaker under Thomas. Since then, John has helped craft many of the 100 point (TRB) wines that have come out of Outpost winemaking facility. And while he continues to be the Assistant Winemaker at Outpost, the next logical step was to become a winemaker in his own right; and so Cresta Velia was born…
Cresta Velia 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley
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Winery Notes: “Our first Napa Valley bottling is composed of wines from two different vineyards. One borders the north end of the Rutherford AVA while the other vineyard resides in the Los Posadas region of Howell Mountain. The bouquet is slow to express itself but your patience is rewarded with sweet aromas of crushed blackberries, toasted oak, baker's chocolate and kalamata olives. These combine for a layered and texturally satisfying mouthfeel with great length and complexity. The pure fruit center and sweet fine grained tannins create a balanced and harmonious drinking experience full of pleasure.”
Jeb Dunnuck 94 Points: “From a site off Zinfandel Lane as well as on Howell Mountain, the 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley offers a big nose of ripe black fruits, bay leaf, tobacco, and even black olive to go with a medium to full-bodied, wonderfully textured style on the palate. I love its core of sweet fruit, it has ripe tannins, and it tastes like it costs three times its price.”
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