Cut from the same cloth stylistically as Heitz and Chateau Montelena, but from a different part of Napa, the Localism Cabernet Sauvignon is super-aromatic, layered and classy. Smell the blueberry, pomegranate, bay laurel, leather handbag and toasty five grain bread. The taste quickly evolves into ripe blackberries, cocoa, earthy tobacco and pomegranate. Like an outdoor rock concert that starts before dusk, Localism Cabernet starts solid and relaxed before building up to rolicin’ good time. Best drinking starts in 2028 (my best guess). 5% Cab Franc/Petit Verdot, 60% new French oak, 40% once used.
From “Schwartz Vineyard” in Napa’s Coombsville District, Southeast Napa Valley, where the climate for Napa Cab is slightly cooler than up north. Co-owner/winemaker Ryan Knoth controls the farming of the vineyard and tends to the vines using organic and sustainable practices. From there, he uses his deft hand to make a rich yet restrained, complex and beguiling Cabernet Sauvignon.
This is Mom & Pop Winery through and through. Ryan and Nicole Knoth do it all. Ryan is the winemaker (his moonlighting job and he makes high-end Napa wines for others) and Nicole runs the sales and business. Their wines are consistently tasty and interesting. Seek them out!
For all the Localism Wines I’ve reviewed, GO HERE.