Jim Kaplan’s winery Aftermath (AFTER MATH) is a story of Math Professor turned Winery Owner, the story of what he is doing “After he was done with Math”.  

Jim Kaplan has a PhD in Applied Mathematics and was a professor at Northwestern and Boston Univeristies. A consulting gig morphed into an investment advisory business, JL Kaplan Associates which grew to manage $5.3 Billion! He sold the business to Wachovia in 2002 and started another business Cubic Asset Management, which he still runs today.  In the meantime, his hobby wine turned into a real winery venture. He purchased an amazing 15 acre vineyard in the Silverado Bench roughly 200 feet above the valley floor. Only 8 acres are planted to Cabernet and a small amount of Petit Verdot.

His winemaker Kevin Fox (Dave Phinney’s sidekick), does not need an intro, as his name resonates quality for many years now. His viticulturist is Steve Matthiasson, probably one of the most sought after vineyard managers in the same league as Dave Abreu and Jim Barbour.

Aftermath 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon “Estate” Napa Valley
Retail 90.00 – GGWC 84.99 
Use code AFTERMATH during checkout

FMW 97 Points: This 100% Estate-grown Cabernet (96.3% CS and 3.7% PV), offers up an amazing bouquet of classic dark Cabernet fruit that jumps out of the glass upon impact.  This 2019 youngster is lush, full in bodied and surprisingly well-balanced. The wine is multi-layered loaded with gorgeous black currant, dark chocolate, a whiff of anise, cassis and a touch of spice on the opulent palate. Extremely well-balanced and in-sync wine that will please the big Cab lover. This is a killer wine, but unfortunately a very limited production.

Winemaker Notes: “The wine is full-bodied with a dark garnet color. The nose is redolent with black cherry and dark plums, with a hint of violets. There is cassis, dark chocolate shavings, black licorice, and tobacco on the palate. The glycerin level is high, producing a long lingering finish. Tannins are firm, but not harsh, so while the wine is delicious now it should cellar well for at least a decade. The blend is 96.3% Cabernet Sauvignon and 3.7% Petit Verdot.”

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