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The pristine Sleeping Lady Vineyard sits beautifully manicured beneath the Mayacamas foothills in Yountville. For five generations the fruit from this vineyard was sold to larger wineries, but when the Bettinelli family recently took over the property that changed. Today, Sleeping Lady is one of California’s “grand cru” vineyards and Julien believes it represents the future of Napa Valley.
A bounty of red and black fruits--fresh raspberries and blackberries--leap from the glass enticing a quick return for more aromas of brambly berries and clove. The fruit-driven nose is met with a velvety smooth palate. Just as the vineyard suggests, this wine will age gracefully with a decade or two of slumber in the cellar.
The Sleeping Lady Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon springs from an ancient riverbed site in what is now the Yountville bench lands. The high-toned purple fruit core of this wine beams with a sleek, coiled energy. Cool gravel top notes and burnt caramel add a darker dimension, and soft, slippery tannins glide in perpetual motion without losing their firm grip and support. Light-footed, playful acidity balances the dark intensity to deliver a complete and very serious Cabernet.
"The 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Sleeping Lady Vineyard is an absolutely stunning wine. Over the last few years, I have written that the wines off this Yountville site have exploded in quality. Julien Fayard's 2018 is a great example of that. A Cabernet of mind-blowing intensity and purity, the 2018 dazzles from start to finish. Inky red fruit, raspberry jam, mocha, spice and rose petal build in the glass, framed by the silkiest tannins imaginable. It's simply the greatest wine I have ever tased from Julien Fayard and one of the wines of the year. Wow!!" - Antonio Galloni, 100 points