The New Cult Cabs Are from Wineries You’ve Never Heard Of
Get in on the ground floor of collectible wines with these bottlings from exceptional producers.
When it comes to cult Cabernet Sauvignon and other high-end juice from Napa Valley, “bargain” is a relative term—with bottlings from Screaming Eagle and Sine Qua Non topping $1,000. Fortunately for anyone looking for a cellar-worthy, special occasion-ready bottle, a handful of wineries in the region are making exceptional Cabernet and other varietals sourced from stellar vineyards at a fraction of the price of the better-known brands.
While the prices by no means take them into daily drinker territory, these wines are exquisite enough for cellaring . Be sure to sign up for their mailing lists to be one of the first to know when the bottles drop. (And keep scrolling for three new spots to taste the best that Napa Valley has to offer!)
Five Bottles to Know Now
Top Tasting Rooms
Three new and notable Napa tasting rooms level up the options for top-shelf vinous experiences in the valley.
- Clif Family Winery’s sleek private Enoteca offers small groups an array of food and wine pairing menus, all served with views of the Mayacamas Mountains. Make a reservation ahead of time at cliffamily.com .
- The Salon at Heitz Cellar is located at the pioneering winery’s original St. Helena property and offers tasting flights, ample indoor and outdoor seating, and a side of history for guests looking for the long view on the valley. Make reservations in advance at heitzcellar.com .
- For loungey, kick-back vibes and organic and biodynamically farmed wines plus small bites, visit Brendel’s modernist tasting room in downtown Napa.