Loaded with ripe, dark, enthusiastic cherry and pomegranate flavors, the Stellareese Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 leads with the fruit and follows it up with spice and sweet barrel. Cola, musk, vanilla bean and clove frame all its fruitiness: that cherry & pomegranate plus blackberry and plum preserves. Smooth, ample tannnins, vibrant core of acidity and a harmonic finish make for a delicious, quintessentially new-world style of Napa Cab. 100% single-vineyard Calistoga Cabernet Sauvignon, aged in 40% new French oak.
Rachel Stellareese Davies started Stellareese in 2007 while at T-Vine Cellars, working for Greg Brown. In 2013 the winemaking moved to Outpost Winery on Howell Mountain and is now made by husband and business partner Geoff Davies. Since the first vintage in 2007 up to now the Cabernet has come from “Marcey’s,” a mature, organic vineyard on the north side of Calistoga. One of the more original names I’ve come across, Stellareese combines Rachel’s parents’ affection for “A Streetcar Named Desire” and Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups.