OVID Napa Valley

Tasting Note

A truly spectacular vintage in Napa, 2019 began with a steady beat of rain that fell through the spring, recharging the reservoir in the soil and setting up the vines for a verdant start to the season. The warm spring days that followed gently raised the tender shoots and filled our canopies. Long and temperate sun-soaked days transitioned the seasons, packing the fruit with flavor and intensity. From mid-August to September, the last warmth of the summer beckoned harvest, much to our delight.

Starting on the first of October and finishing almost three weeks later, harvest was luxuriously long and proved to be classic in many respects. This shift in timing was the hallmark of a more traditional period and marked a departure from the previous few early vintages. Like the season, the wines, too, are classic – dense and rich with loads of color and expression.

The 2019 OVID Napa Valley red wine is certainly our best effort yet. Perfectly ripe mulberry, bay laurel, cassis and red tobacco leaf intermingle with boysenberry, fresh plum, cerise and iodine. Beautifully balanced, this taut and powerful vintage delivers mouthwatering freshness, intensity and poise that will continue to reveal its many delightful layers for decades to come.

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Jeb Dunnuck

This rich, full-bodied, seamless 2019 is going to deliver the goods.

The 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon sports a dense purple hue to go with a classic Pritchard Hill-styled, concentrated Cabernet offering loads of red, black, and blue fruits as well as bay leaf, baking spices, and mountain scrub brush-like nuances. This rich, full-bodied, seamless 2019 is going to deliver the goods.

97-99 points.