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ELEVE Cabernet Sauvignon   “Dust to Dust” “Bella Oaks Vineyard”   Rutherford, Napa Valley 2012

Retail Price: $60

Value Rating: 3

Wine Factor:
Date Posted: March 3, 2018
Cases Produced: 150

Scores & Value Ratings Explained

DDWA Score: 90

Very Good Value


A classic “over the top” Napa Cabernet from a vintage that lends itself to such a style. Get blackberry liqueur, melted fudge, vanilla bean and espresso. A thick frame of oak, gentle tannins and low acid…this is a hedonist’s delight. What’s particularly appealing here is most wineries will release a Cab of this style and put a $100+ price tag on it. Not the case here, even though there’s so little made!

This is a wine from Adam Webb, owner of the labels Cochon, Odisea and Gardienne des Vignes. This is a one-time only release as it’s the only year he got fruit from the famous “Bella Oaks.” This would partly explain the very reasonable $60 price tag.

I highly recommend you get to know the three labels under the Cochon “umbrella.” They are Cochon, Odisea and Élevé. They are all made by, and co-owned by, Adam Webb. The number of wines they make is too long to list (I count 19 wines on a current tasting sheet from their wine bar). While I think the number of wines could be decreased to improve brand focus (Adam agrees and is trying to cut a few labels), I’m impressed that wine quality doesn’t seem to suffer because of this. Anyway, take a look at Cochon website and make a trip to Sonoma to taste in their wine bar. Speaking of which…

Members of Dan Dawson’s Wine Advisor are VIPs at Cochon Wines. Members receive up to two complimentary wine-flights per visit (one flight for Member, one for Member’s guest). See the Winery VIP Tastings Page for more information and all participating wineries.

Here are all the Cochon wines reviewed on Dan Dawson’s Wine Advisor

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