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Metaphora Wines Story

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2017 Best California Cabernet Sauvignon Gold Medal Metaphora 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon

November 2016

2013 Metaphora Cabernet Sauvignon

Gold Medal

Metaphora Wines 2013 Metaphora Cabernet Sauvignon awarded The Fifty Best Gold Medal Award.

California Cabernet GoldMedal 2016 Award Metaphora Wines 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon

February 2016

2009 Metaphora Cabernet Sauvignon

Gold Medal

Metaphora Wines 2009 Metaphora Cabernet Sauvignon receives The Fifty Best Gold Medal Award.

2013 Metaphora Cabernet Sauvignon

94 points

Rich and explosive on the palate, the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon possesses formidable concentration and pure power. In 2013, the Cabernet was sourced from Stagecoach, on Atlas Peak, where wines tend to be intensely mineral and savory. Iron, smoke, leather and cedar add shades of nuance to the inky fruit. The 2013 is ample and explosive. Winemaker Mark Herold has crafted a super-expressive, large-scaled Cabernet endowed with real personality. There is a lot going on here. Readers should expect a big, big wine. – Antonio Galloni

Wine Spectator rates 2005 Metaphora Wines Cabernet Sauvignon 91 points

2005 Metaphora Cabernet Sauvignon

91 points

Pure, rich, intense and focused, this is a notably young and refreshing presentation of firm dark berry, cedar, spice, crushed rock and graphite notes, ending with a long, full finish and just the right amount of tannic grip. —2005 California Cabernet blind retrospective (September 2015). Drink now through 2022. – James Laube

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June 2015

2005 Metaphora Cabernet Sauvignon

92 points

“An intriguing élevage of aging this wine 36 months on French oak (75% new and 25% old, and then again two years in bottle before release), this 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon does not show too much oak. In fact, it’s very concentrated, with silky tannins, a nice integration of wood, lots of blackberry and cassis fruit, moderately lofty alcohol (14.4%), but excellent purity and length. It is a 2005 that is accessible and drinkable already, but should keep for at least another decade.”

Tom Leykis interviews Metaphora Ravi Mehta

Metaphora Interview with Tom Leykis

Talk show radio personality, Tom Leykis interviews Ravi Mehta to discusses how Metaphora started, and Ravi’s passion for world-class, food friendly wines.

March 29, 2015

Wine Watch Review: What I Drank Yesterday

Metaphora Wines Wine Watch Review - What I Drank Yesterday

Best of Luxury Rates Metaphora Number One

March 29, 2015

Best of Luxury Rates Metaphora #1

Best of Luxury has put our Metaphora Cabernet Sauvignon and Rose of Pinot Noir as their #1 choice.

Overview of Metaphora 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon

The Metaphora 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon is gorgeous and well rounded with expressive layers of dark red and black fruit, vanilla, roasted coffee beans, tobacco, graphite, and hints of volcanic earthiness. The firm Howell Mountain tannins are softened with superb clone 29 Cabernet Sauvignon fruit from the valley floor, Saint Helena appellation, making this dynamic wine extremely approachable now, but with ample structure to enjoy well into the next decade.

Seductive, well balanced and delicious!

By Robert Stevens on 2014-01-03
The 2009 Metaphora Cabernet Sauvignon is a seductive, well balanced and delicious wine. We paired it with our Christmas dinner (Chateaubriand steak), and it complimented the entire meal beautifully. The wine was the talk of the table. We highly recommend to everyone, particularly to those with a discerning palate. Well worth the price.

Metaphora 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Rankings

#1 – Best Red Wines – February 2014
#1 – Best Red Wines – January 2014
#1 – Best Red Wines – December 2013

Metaphora 2012 Rose of Pinot Noir Rankings

#1 – Best Rose Wines – February 2014
#1 – Best Rose Wines – January 2014
#1 – Best Rose Wines – December 2013

Metaphora Cabernet Sauvignon Auctioned Premiere Napa Valley

Metaphora 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Auctioned by Bret & Paula Morrison Sold

We are proud to share that our Metaphora 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, blended specially for Premiere Napa Valley, was acquired at auction by Bret & Paula Morrison of Studio M Fine Wines in Napa, California for $38,000 (approximately $320 per bottle).


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Cabernet Sauvignon: 10 Cases Produced

About This Wine

• Winemaker: Mark Herold
• Single-barrel blend of 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
• A stunning expression of Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
• Captures the terroir of three vineyards located in Atlas Peak (Stagecoach), Oakville and Coombsville
• Aged in 100% new French oak for 18 months, our PNV wine is unfined and unfiltered

Premiere Napa Valley – February 21st, 2015

Produced in California’s renowned Napa Valley, Premiere Napa Valley is one of the rarest wine brands in the world. For 17 years the region’s top winemakers have offered ultra-boutique wines to the trade, crafted in as few as 60 bottles and never more than 240 bottles, as individual bottlings for the brand known as Premiere Napa Valley.

These wines, created each only once, by 200 different wineries are offered as futures at auction only to the wine trade—individual restaurateurs and wine retailers—so they have the most unique, and some of the very best wines made from America’s leading appellation. Essentially think of Premiere Napa Valley as a brand consisting of 200 “single vineyard,” small case production offerings.

Each wine from each producer is one-of-a-kind, and will not be found in the market except by the wine seller who secures the unique wine via an annual trade auction held each winter. Though reminiscent of how Hospice de Beaune wines are produced, the process is uniquely American. The winemakers take a gloves-off approach, often using varieties they may not bottle as a stand-alone, or perhaps a noted white-wine-only house producing a red wine. These wines are innovative and showcase the region’s sense of explorations in fine winemaking.