Fresh Off the Truck: 2019 Moundsman St. Helena Cab [$200+ for $36 or less before discounts]

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

After a bit of a dry spell, Wine Access is back with some compelling known offerings and some NDA Cabs as well. 

This 2019 is not to be confused with other Moundsman offerings like this one from Rutherford. Or this one from St Helena.

Let's get right into it...

  • Called "drop dead gorgeous" by Vinous
    Antonio Galloni referred to Joseph Phelps and their St. Helena estate using that phrase here
  • Called "just about perfect" by Jeb Dunnuck
    Jeb Dunnuck called Schrader Beckstoffer To Kalon this way here.
  • "tiny-production $200+ wines"
    That description would seem to apply more to Schrader than Joseph Phelps. But could this really be grapes from a vineyard otherwise allocated to Schrader? One of the very few Napa Cabs to earn a 100 point score from Spectator? Seems hard to believe. Let's try to debunk or support the Schrader theory keeping in mind that we're talking about a vineyard source more than anything...
  • Galloni uses this phrase quite a bit, but I can't seem to find a situation where he directly referred to Schrader as "drop dead gorgeous" by way of Google searches.
  • I get the feeling this one winds up as "lofty rumored vineyard source, different winemaker, is it good?" Let's find out...
Jammy and effusive, this wine is ready to go.

80% opaque, it clings to the glass with authority. Chocolate covered cherries, strawberry preserves, and milk chocolate. It's both forbidable and refreshing at the same time. Luscious. An impressive combination.

A quickly emptied bottle says it all...

93/100 WWP: Outstanding

This wine is in stock and ships quickly in New England, so maybe elsewhere as well? If you're seeing slow delivery maybe try excluding other wines that have a longer lead time.

High temperatures are a concern in the summer but temps look moderate in the Northeast for the coming week.

The wine arrived after a short journey with an ice pack and styrofoam. I'm comfortable ordering for immediate shipment under these conditions.

Check back later this week as I'll try some other new offerings from Wine Access...


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