2017 Picayune Padlock Red$31.99
Three years in a row Picayune Padlock red is our top choice for a Napa Valley red blend. In an environment where good Napa Valley reds seem to be three times the price its refreshing to fine a wine from Napa that is really good at fair pricing. The newly released 2017 Picayune Padlock red is a blend of about 1/3 each Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc. Its jumps from the glass with loads of cassis, black cherry, truffle, minerals, cocoa, spice, violets, and a touch of oak. The palate is equally impressive with excellent depth, and balance with a long lingering finish. Picayune sources, grapes, juice. and barrels as a micro negociant does, from high end sources that can't be disclosed. If the sourced juice was bottled under its official label it would be three or four times the price. Winemaker Claire only looks for juice, or fruit, that would end up around 14% potential alcohol range, not the 15% plus like many of the monster Napa Valley wines are at. Claire wants more balance, and restraint in her wines. She also has a great adviser being married to the head wine-maker at Spottswoode. The 2017 Padlock red is more vivacious than the previous year with a touch more power but doesn't lose track of elegance. The perfect food wine and has made its way on to restaurant dining lists including the French Laundry. This is a stunning red that has a great track record with our customers- in stock this week!