Chateau de Vie isn’t just a working B&B surrounded by world-class vineyards. They also produce a small amount of powerful Cabernet Sauvignon that’s clean and focused, with exceptional fruit and intertwined minerality. Dave Phinney, the winemaker responsible for creating The Prisoner, Orin Swift, and Location brands, helps make it. Dave also consults for a handful of small wineries, and Chateau de Vie might be a lesser known brand, but the quality of their wine is something special.

The Napa Valley estate is located on the northern end of Calistoga and sits almost directly behind Tamber Bey and not far from Chateau Montelena. Their soils are loaded with volcanic compounds, formed by ancient lava flows, and produce Cabernet Sauvignon with powerful fruit and intriguing minerality.

This one is By Far — the Best Napa Valley Cabernet of 2021 so far… please Stock-Up before it’s gone: a Dave Phinney Exclusive Napa Valley Cabernet from a small estate, you’ll want 2 cases after the first bottle … (note: it won’t last very long) 

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Tasting Notes from Edward, “The 2015 Chateau de Vie is a very small production Cabernet Sauvignon from Calistoga, Napa Valley. Although micro-produced, this is a Big and Beautiful Napa Cab made by the world-famous Winemaker Dave Phinney. Sipping and swirling this full bodied Cabernet reminds me of, and compares to bottles in the $100 range. With an understated elegance, and beautifully integrated fruit, oak and acidity… it can be enjoyed alone or paired with Filet Mignon. I believe it is peaking now, and will continue to do so for the next 2-3 years… open the first day it arrives at your doorsteps, and share and celebrate this lovely expression of Napa Valley Red wine with Family and Friends, because it’s very special.” CALIHIWINES 95+ POINTS

Chateau De Vie Winery Notes, “All Estate Grown fruit off of 3.5 acres on the Northwest side of Calistoga. Aged in 70% New French Oak Barrels for 22 months This is a deeply rich and satisfying Cabernet with aromas of blackberry, mocha, black fig, dark brown bread and rich vanilla. The wine is fleshy in texture and ripe on the palate, with almost a heady display of blueberry, black fig and toasted caramel. The finish is long and sweetly ripe and will pair nicely with rich cheeses and ripe fruits as well as dark roasts or sauced filet. It is essentially ready to drink and will grow softer and more aromatic over the next few years.” 80% Cabernet Sauvignon | 10% Petite Verdot |10% Cabernet Franc

Calistoga is warmer than most other appellations in Napa, and thus, produces some of the biggest, boldest, and most robust Cabernet Sauvignons in the Valley. Chateau De Vie perfectly details all of the qualities that I love about Calistoga Cabernet and delivers them with focus and balance.

VIPS: Highly Recommended and won’t last long… heads-up

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