Wade Cellars 'Three by Wade' 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, CA, USA

Wade Cellars 'Three by Wade' 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, CA, USA

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Wade Cellars 'Three by Wade' 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, CA, USA

Winemaker: Jayson Pahlmeyer, John Keyes

Variety: Cabernet Sauvignon

Terroir: The grapes in this bottling come entirely from the Napa Valley AVA, with roughly half from the eastern hills of Oakville and the other from the heart and soul of Napa, Rutherford.

Vinification: After the fruit was selected and harvested the wine was aged for 20 months in French oak, of which 75% was new. 

Tasting: Aromatically the wine has notes of plums, blackberries, and sweet currants as well as chalky graphite. On the palate the wine dances along the line between being medium and full-bodied, with classic fruit flavors and a lingering tannic grip laced with tobacco leaves. 

Bottle Club Notes: January 2021:

Often times, when someone says they have a ‘celebrity wine’ they want us to taste, we kind of squint in incredulous disbelief that they’d think that’s what DECANTsf is about. It’s a good thing this wine was presented during our monthly blind tastings!  Former NBA World Champion Dwyane Wade is nothing if not driven. But it's not just all basketball for this all-star. Dwyane found a passion for wine through eating and drinking with teammates Chris Bosh and Lebron James, who are known to have a love for fine wine. Dwyane quickly learned that, like basketball, winemaking is a team sport and can take a different path to greatness season after season.

Dwyane came up to Napa in 2014 to help with harvest at the renowned Pahlmeyer Cellars, and there he really fell in love with the winemaking process. With the assist from Jayson Pahlmeyer, Wade Cellars was born. Today, that love has evolved from a simple dream to create a wine to a project dedicated to breaking down old school perceptions of Napa Valley.

Though originally inspired by highly-coveted and fine wines, Wade has taken the evolution of wine as an approachable, fun, and enjoyable delicacy to heart. “Three by Wade” is the line that is supposed to help *anyone* love fine wine, from his yummy Chenin Blanc and easy-drinking Rosé, to this 100% Cabernet Sauvignon. It may be the ‘accessible’ side of Wade Cellars, but we are looking at perfect, grade-A fruit from the heart of Napa Valley— the craggy eastern hills of Oakville, the rich valley of St Helena and the heart and soul of the region, Rutherford. This stretch is known to produce wines of opulence, depth, and honestly, deliciousness.  We don’t know too many sports cliches here at DECANTsf, but we can say this is wine is as impressive on the palate as Wade was on the court!


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