Protege Napa Valley Red 2015  - Last Bottle

Protege Napa Valley Red 2015

Do you remember the day, last year, when this EXTRAORDINARY wine entered our vinous consciousness? The remarkable discovery called Protege (it was the debut release) that had you all calling and emailing for more, more, MORE?! Well, the blockbuster 2015 sophomore follow-up from winemaker Ryan Darrall (he’s worked at Caymus since he was like 12 years old, and makes this with another buddy who is part of the Trinchero family) just hit our warehouse, and if you love the lush, showy style of Caymus and other pedal-to-the-metal Napa Cabernets, you need to get your fingers flying over your mobile device, PC, or literally ANY Internet-connected thing (your toaster maybe?) to LOCK SOME IN. 92 POINTS Wine Spectator this year, and like last time, the BEST price you will ever see!! Don’t miss! There are about 427 people already ahead of you!

Napa Cabernet, as you know, RARELY can be found in this price range. Today, though, we twist reality a little bit!! Wow! Dark, lush, inky and intense, with toasty Indian spices, anise, dark cocoa powder, and fresh-baked blueberry pie just out of the oven.

Now that this wine is being “discovered”, we barely got enough to send out this email. Did we mention 92 points? While it lasts…!

Approachable yet serious. Protégé has a bright aroma and the fruit to attract the novice wine drinker, but also the balance and full body to satisfy an experienced connoisseur. This wine offers an enticing bouquet of vibrant blackberry, vanilla, and eucalyptus. The palate is a mouth coating, extracted dark fruit flavor with a hint of smokiness. 18 months aging in French Oak makes for a smooth finish and soft, chalky tannins. 

Technical Details

Country: United States
Region: Napa Valley
Appellation: Napa Valley
Blend: 60% Syrah, 20% Petite Sirah, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon
Varietal: Syrah Blend
Winemaker: Ryan Darrall, Matthew Torres
Aging/Cooperage: 18 months in 100% French Oak
Alcohol: 15.5

About The Producer

"Ever since I can remember, I have been fascinated with the entire process of producing a bottle of wine. The rich history of turning a grape into a delicacy really amazed me. I wanted to be a part of the modern world of winemaking"

Growing up working at a winery my entire life, I have been lucky to experience every angle of the wine business. Now we have something that we can call our own, and we're excited to show you our hard work turned into something you can enjoy." - Ryan Darrall  

"My family has been making wine in this valley since 1948. I've always admired and appreciated the hard work put in to keep the winery running, and turning it into what it is today. Looking up to them and working in various aspects of the industry my whole life, I've known from a young age I wanted to work in the wine business.

With both of us coming from wine backgrounds, Protégé is a brand that truly reflects where we come from, and the pursuit of our own legacy in this industry." - Mathew Torres

Pairing Suggestions

Braised beef, lamb and intense cheeses.

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