This is the AXR flagship wine, made with intention and showing a direct reflection of the prestigious vineyards it comes from - Sleeping Lady, V Madrone and Denali Vineyards.
Deep dark cherry with touches of magenta and Ferrari red on the rim. The nose shows beautiful spice like thyme, rosemary, cedar, peaches, plums, bubble bath, chocolate, black truffle, and pine needle, dark honey. The palate has a round dense entrance evolving on a velvety fruity palate lingering on freshness of tannins with touches of Mirabelle plum, red apple pie, pears, mocha.
The history of the AXR estate is compounded in layers; rooted in historic tales of fierce Native American hunting grounds, wild west pioneers and the first woman vintner of California in 1886. It has changed hands over the course of 134 years to become a brewery, restaurant, inn, winery and saloon. Tales of love, lust, heartbreak, murders and great fortune create an imaginative backdrop to the present-day vision of AXR.
Named after the AxR rootstalk (Aramond x Rupestris) that was so prominent in building the modern California wine industry, AXR Winery pays homage to the so-called “roots” of the industry. By utilizing modern and innovative techniques in the cellar, AXR extract the uniqueness of Napa Valley’s soils into wines enjoyable now, or many years from now.
They start with hand-picked grapes, naturally fermented in small handcrafted lots, add in the expertise and palette of renowned consulting winemaker Jean Hoefliger, and you have a recipe for stunning wines that promote even better conversations, more laughs, and an invitation for others to join the group!
- Fermentation: 80% barrel fermentation, 100% french oak, 80% new
- Aging: 22 Months
- Alc: 15.1%
An aromatic red with notes of ripe cassis and blackberries, flowers, chocolate and cigar box. Full body, an array of plush, polished tannins and juicy, delicious fruit. Long finish. 90% cabernet sauvignon, 5% cabernet franc, 4% merlot and 1% petit verdot. - James Suckling 95 points
Mostly Cabernet, the value-priced 2019 Red Blend Proprietary Red sports a dense purple color as well as a gorgeous nose of pure creme de cassis, graphite, tobacco leaf, and classy oak. Rich, medium to full-bodied, round, and supple, it tastes as if it cost three times the price. - Jeb Dunnuck 93 points
The 2019 Red Blend is composed of 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Cabernet Franc, 4% Merlot and 1% Petit Verdot. Deep garnet-purple in color, the nose delivers impactful scents of cassis, dried herbs, tar and beef drippings, with suggestions of tapenade and fertile loam. Medium to full-bodied, soft, juicy and plush in the mouth, it has a long, savory finish. - Robert Parker 91 points
The 2019 Red Blend Proprietary Red is loaded with jammy dark cherry, plum, mocha, new leather and sweet spice. Soft contours and plush tannins give this opulent red plenty of immediacy and near term appeal. - Vinous Media 91 points