Every Napa Cabernet lover who’s comfortable dropping $75 on a bottle of wine should buy at least a case of the HAYFORK Cabernet Sauvignon 2015. It’s very ripe yet neither jammy or syrupy, luscious, a little spicy, and directly to the point, a big mouthful of pleasure. The oak (70% new French oak) is obvious but not too much. The fruit, you can tell, is picked at above-average ripeness, and it’s so good. I’m a big fan. It deserves to qualify for a better Value Rating, but, as we know, Napa Cab is not the place to look for values on the world landscape.
This is single-vineyard, western St Helena Cabernet Sauvignon with 4% Petit Verdot in the blend. Hayfork Winery is the next generation of the Wight Family. Haley Wight grew up on “Lewelling Ranch” the family vineyard and now produces Hayfork with her husband Erik Dodd. The vineyard and the wines that come from it are in good hands.