Blend: c.80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc, 5% Petit Verdot, 5% Merlot
Production: c.150 cases
Crafted by Bob with his wife Martha McClellan (winemaker at SLOAN ESTATE) at their family Estate, LEVY & McCLELLAN is one of Napa’s A-list ‘closed-door’ wineries, producing ultra-rare wines (just 375 cases annually) exclusively available and winery-direct from Four Corners Wine in the UK.
The duo produces two stunning cuvées from their Estate vineyard located high above Calistoga, both based around a core of Cabernet Sauvignon. The LEVY & McCLELLAN is their flagship cuvée.
They have an almost almost obsessive focus in the vineyard and winery, with each small lot managed individually, ensuring gentle extraction and barrel fermentation for extremely high-quality, refined tannins. They are one of the only wineries to ferment solely in 225L French oak barrels, using a labour-intensive method of placing each one on rollers to rotate it and gently mix the grapes with the fermenting juice. This process is customised for each individual lot and means it takes 3 to 4 barrels during fermentation to fill just one barrel for the aging of the wine.
Four Corners Wine
“Fabulous aromatics, so intense and deep, really dark Cabernet fruit, some tapenade and scorched earth, lots of high ‘top notes’ tucked away, so many layers with a hint of almost sweet beef stock/resting juices. This palate is ‘WOW’ from the outset, with glorious tannins and structure leading to an intense and rich mid-palate of total purity. The fruit goes on and on, all sitting on the most amazing backbone of tannin, energy and crispness, and an epic finish. Hugely complex with so much to emerge over time. Brilliant.” (Dec. 2021)