A 100 point score is the ultimate achievement, yet the top winemakers behind these icons lavish their 'gateway' wines with just as much love, care, and attention. This is experienced best when these opening gambits are from the same Estate Vineyards as their glitzy big-siblings, offering a true expression of world-class terroir, and fantastic value.

We've hand-picked three reds from a trio of Napa's top Estates, all from the highly-regarded 2018 vintage, and available to open and enjoy straight away.

Located in the cooler-climate of western Yountville, Blankiet Estate is a benchmark for elegance and finesse. Their ultra-rare Mythicvs (£250 + per btl IB at release) has amassed 6x100pt scores in the last 5 vintages alone, yet is built for long-term cellaring. No patience is required for winemaker Graeme MacDonald's sublime Prince of Hearts Red 2018 (97pts), which is loaded with savoury aromatics and shows total balance on the palate, at £71 per btl IB.

Cliff Lede Vineyards is a name synonymous with perfection, their Poetry Cabernet (£245+ per btl) one of Napa's hottest allocations with perfect scores left, right, and centre. The hillside tannins make it another classic for the cellar, yet this fruit combined with the lusher profile of the blocks surrounding the winery make the Stags Leap District Cabernet a huge crowd pleasure every year. Winemaker Chris Tynan's 2018 is full of energy and a killer buy at £67 per btl IB.

One of the original, true 'Cult Wineries' that put Napa on the world map in the mid-1990s, Dalla Valle Vineyards is true Californian Royalty. Their ground-breaking Maya (£400+ per btl) was one of the first wines to explore Cabernet Franc, and this same approach applies to the refined and exceptionally delicious Collina Dalla Valle 2018 (£90 per btl). It carries all the hallmarks of this legendary Estate, crafted by the talented duo, Andy Erickson and Maya Dalla Valle.

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2018 Blankiet Estate, Paradise Hills Vineyard Prince of Hearts Red, Napa Valley 1x75cl

JD97
Blend: 49% Merlot, 48% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Cabernet Franc, 1% Petit Verdot Vintage production: 1,100 cases Blankiet Estate is nestled above Yountville on the western foothills of the Mayacamas... Mountains. The Paradise Hills Vineyard is carved on steep hillsides just above the famed Dominus Estate Napanook parcel that was originally planted in 1838 by Yountville’s founder, George C. Yount. With an ideal eastern exposure, the land is bathed with morning sun and benefits from natural shade in the hot afternoons, and cool breezes from the San Pablo Bay flow constantly across the land. It's located on three volcanic knolls where soil profiles vary from deeply fractured rocks and volcanic ash, to thick clay deposits, meaning each parcel is distinguished by a unique subsoil and microclimate. At just 6.5 hectares in size it's a remarkably small site, yet the incredible complexity of the terroir allows for three distinct wines, each of a singular style. This is an Estate at the top of its game. Combined with the very talented winemaker Graeme MacDonald and owner Claude Blankiet's attention to detail, is truly worthy of an exploration.
£71 / BottleDuty Status: In Bond ⋅ Price incl. of Duty & VAT: £88.40 / BottleAvailability: Immediate ⋅ ETA to UK address: 2-4 days

2018 Cliff Lede, Cabernet Sauvignon, Stags Leap District 1x75cl

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Blend: 76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Merlot, 6% Petit Verdot, 3% Malbec, 2% Cabernet Franc Vintage production: 9,408 cases Cliff Lede's iconic Cabernet is the essence of the Estate's Stags Leap... District terroir in a glass. The fruit is sourced from the hillside terraces of the 'Grand Cru' Poetry Vineyard, the Twin Peaks Vineyard estate surrounding the winery, and a few neighbouring vineyards in the Stags Leap District. The wine is composed of small lots from the best blocks, representing a diverse range of carefully selected clones and rootstocks. From Poetry’s exposed, rocky terraces boasting volcanic origins, to the ancient riverbed alluvial soils of Twin Peaks, the breadth of contributing sites translates into a wine of impressive complexity and longevity.
£67 / BottleDuty Status: In Bond ⋅ Price incl. of Duty & VAT: £84.24 / BottleAvailability: Immediate ⋅ ETA to UK address: 2-4 days

2018 Cliff Lede, Cabernet Sauvignon, Stags Leap District 12x75cl

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Blend: 76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Merlot, 6% Petit Verdot, 3% Malbec, 2% Cabernet Franc Vintage production: 9,408 cases Cliff Lede's iconic Cabernet is the essence of the Estate's Stags Leap... District terroir in a glass. The fruit is sourced from the hillside terraces of the 'Grand Cru' Poetry Vineyard, the Twin Peaks Vineyard estate surrounding the winery, and a few neighbouring vineyards in the Stags Leap District. The wine is composed of small lots from the best blocks, representing a diverse range of carefully selected clones and rootstocks. From Poetry’s exposed, rocky terraces boasting volcanic origins, to the ancient riverbed alluvial soils of Twin Peaks, the breadth of contributing sites translates into a wine of impressive complexity and longevity.
£780 / Case£65 / BottleDuty Status: In Bond ⋅ Price incl. of Duty & VAT: £982.08 / Case, £81.84 / BottleAvailability: Immediate ⋅ ETA to UK address: 2-4 days

2018 Blankiet Estate, Paradise Hills Vineyard Prince of Hearts Red, Napa Valley 12x75cl

JD97
Blend: 49% Merlot, 48% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Cabernet Franc, 1% Petit Verdot Vintage production: 1,100 cases Blankiet Estate is nestled above Yountville on the western foothills of the Mayacamas... Mountains. The Paradise Hills Vineyard is carved on steep hillsides just above the famed Dominus Estate Napanook parcel that was originally planted in 1838 by Yountville’s founder, George C. Yount. With an ideal eastern exposure, the land is bathed with morning sun and benefits from natural shade in the hot afternoons, and cool breezes from the San Pablo Bay flow constantly across the land. It's located on three volcanic knolls where soil profiles vary from deeply fractured rocks and volcanic ash, to thick clay deposits, meaning each parcel is distinguished by a unique subsoil and microclimate. At just 6.5 hectares in size it's a remarkably small site, yet the incredible complexity of the terroir allows for three distinct wines, each of a singular style. This is an Estate at the top of its game. Combined with the very talented winemaker Graeme MacDonald and owner Claude Blankiet's attention to detail, is truly worthy of an exploration.
£840 / Case£70 / BottleDuty Status: In Bond ⋅ Price incl. of Duty & VAT: £1,046.45 / Case, £87.20 / BottleAvailability: Immediate ⋅ ETA to UK address: 2-4 days