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Napa Valley Legends: Our Top Rare Picks from The Vault
February 5, 2020

Napa Valley Legends: Our Top Rare Picks from The Vault

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Napa Valley’s legendary wine reputation is built boldly on the back of Cabernet Sauvignon. Napa’s warm climate, diverse soil structures, long growing season, and incredible microclimates are the perfect combination for this illustrious grape to thrive. The region is also famous for producing age-worthy wines that can stand the test of time for decades. While many Napa Cabs and Bordeaux-like blends can be perfectly enjoyable in their youth, their magic truly emerges after time in the bottle. We are proud to offer an incredible collection of Napa Valley legends in the Wally’s Vault. Check out our featured highlights below!

Click here for a complete list of rare Napa Valley wines available from The Vault!

1974 Heitz “Martha’s Vineyard” Cabernet Sauvignon 750ml

Wally's Price: $2,000

1 bottle available

1974 was the first vintage that put California on the map as a competitor to Bordeaux. The 1974 Heitz “Martha’s Vineyard” Cabernet Sauvignon is known as one of the most famous wines every produced in California’s history. At age 46, it is still deep, full-bodied, and plush. Ripe cherries, citrus, eucalyptus, and spice soar from the glass. Its melt in your mouth tannins, vibrant acidity, and rich, long finish proves its status as a truly museum-worthy wine. We are lucky to have one bottle currently in our collection! Fun fact: this is one of Wally’s president, Christian Navarro’s favorite wines of all time!

98 pts. RP

1997 Chateau Montelena Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 1.5L

Wally's Price: $660

5 bottles available

1997 is one of Napa Valley’s all-time great vintages and Chateau Montelena’s estate Cabernet Sauvignon further proves why this vintage is so special. Its dense, chewy, full-bodied personality displays cassis, mineral, and earth notes. This is a remarkably made, lush, multilayered Cabernet. While it is already wonderfully matured and has serious depth, it will continue to evolve for at least another decade.

98 pts. RP

2004 Harlan Estate 750ml

Wally's Price: $1,200

2 bottles available

Though already in the bottle for 16 years, the extraordinary 2004 Harlan Estate is still a baby and further proves Harlan’s incredible aging ability! This is one of the most remarkable Harlan Estates made to date and is a world-class, first-growth wine if there ever was one from Napa. The 2004 is full-bodied and voluptuously textured and has notes of cassis, charcoal, black fruit and sweet brioche toast. Drink this beauty over the next 20 years!

98 pts. RP

2005 Scarecrow

Wally's Price: $750

4 bottles available

Scarecrow’s 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon was one of the wines of the vintage hands down. This stunning Cabernet Sauvignon includes some of the oldest Cabernet vines in existence in Napa Valley. While its 15.4% alcohol will undoubtedly make you feel good, it’s the striking elegance and purity that pulls you in to the point of no return. It’s stunning nose of forest floor, cassis and a subtle, earthy minerality combined with its layered complexity takes your breath away. This is an incredible combination of great terroir and great winemaking. While it is drinkable now, it is capable of at least another 10-20 years of serious pleasure.

98 pts. RP

2007 Shafer Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon

Wally's Price: $500

3 bottles available

The 25th vintage of Shafer’s iconic Hillside Select is one of the most extraordinary bottling’s in the winery’s history. Awarded a perfect score of 100 points by Robert Parker, this wine exudes gorgeous notes of dark chocolate, violet, spice, and pine. Full-bodied, velvety, and jam-packed with multilayered black fruit, it has a solid frame of silky tannins and vibrancy that finishes with seductive spice flavors. While it is incredible now it can be enjoyed for the next 30 years!

100 pts. RP

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