Drinkward-Peschon Entre Deux Meres Cabernet Sauvignon Napa 2018

94 Points – Vinous Media – "The 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Entre Deux Mères is fabulous. Bright and beautifully perfumed, the 2018 is so expressive today. In 2018, the Entre Deux Mères is not quite as juicy as it often is, instead it is built on energy and persistence, with all the energy of the vintage on display. Crushed raspberry, pomegranate, mint, rose petal and cinnamon are all beautifully layered. The fruit is distinctly red-tone in 2018. Grippy tannins could use another year or two to soften. This is another stellar effort from Lisa Drinkward and Françoise Peschon."

This is yet another beautiful wine made by women, in this case making tiny quantities of just one wine, their “Entre Deux Meres” Napa Cabernet Sauvignon. Like so many of us, we are often connected and build lasting friendships by virtue of meeting the parents of our children’s friends. This was the case with Lisa Drinkward and Francoise Peschon, who were introduced to each other by their children. Over many a meal and bottle of shared wine they discovered that the philosophy they embraced in raising their children: "Give them a lot of tender loving care, nuture always, then let them go on to express themselves and become the unique individuals they were meant to be" could be applied equally to winemaking, and in 2000 their winery "Entre Deux Meres", (between two mothers), was born. They believe that gentle handling and minimalist intervention yields unique wines that are elegant and balanced — a true expression of the roots.

But they didn’t just jump into ths on a lark – between them they have some serious qualifications. Peschon is the former winemaker at Araujo vineyards in Napa, while Drinkward is the wife of Les Behrens (of Behrens Family Winery), and the wine is made at Behrens Family Winery on Spring Mountain. Minuscule quantities are made, the wine is absolutely delicious, yet it remains a little under the radar, and as a result it is an incredible value in the world of three digit Napa Cabernets. Decent supply for now, but will go fast.



Grape: Cabernet Sauvignon
VINEYARD – Select Calistoga Vineyards.
SOIL – Primarily gravelly loam
VINIFICATION – Hand-sorted fruit, small lots, de-stemmed and fermented in small stainless steel tanks, with a long maceration.
AGING – 22 months in 50% new French oak


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