DAZZLING NEW RELEASES — 2013, 2014 STARDUST

These are the first vintages produced by winemakers Steve Leveque and Megan Gunderson Paredes. What great vintages for such a launch.

Winery Notes:

Stardust 2013 – Harvest: October 9 | Alcohol: 14% | Cases: 100, bottles and magnums
Everything went right in this spectacular growing year to produce a powerful, complex wine with blueberry and blackberry fruit, hints of anise, slate and cedar, and balanced acidity. Firm and structured; a classic.
Bottles ($100) and Magnums ($225).

Stardust 2014 – Harvest: October 11 | Alcohol: 15.2% | Cases: 100, bottles and magnums
Another stellar vintage resulted in a truly captivating wine. Opens with intoxicating perfume of ripe Cabernet fruit and advances to flavors of cassis, vanilla, blackberries, and French toast. Juicy, full, and luscious. Open it, decant it, and enjoy a luxuriating experience now and for 10 or more years to come.
Bottles ($100) and Magnums ($225).

 

Press & Awards


  – 91 points – 2013 STARDUST
Dellar & Friedkin Vineyard 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley – August 2016
Substance and solidity are the hallmarks of this dense, yet nicely rounded, full-bodied opus, and, while not at all lacking in varietal authority or structure, it shows a fair bit of polish and is as mannerly as it is rich. It is supple and fleshy in feel with exceptionally fine palatal length, and its neatly placed tannins provide a proper sense of Cabernet grip without imparting so much astringency that its enjoyment hinges on a long stay in the cellar. We would not pour it now, but neither would we wait for 10 years, and it promises to make lovely drinking some three to five hence.


star star – 92 points – 2014 STARDUST
Dellar & Friedkin Vineyard 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley – December 2017
A rich, generous wine, this one hits all the expected markers for top-of-the-line Cabernet and does it in a style that reaches for the edge of classic limits yet never goes beyond them because its fruit is absolutely deep and compelling, extremely well-focused and runs from first sniff to lasting aftertaste of currants, black cherries, cola and creamy, slightly caramelly oak. Its ripeness may bother those who want tight structure and high minerality, but the rest of us will be more than happy to take their share and drink some up in the next few years while letting the rest of our Stardust stash age in our cellars for up to a decade.





Golf Medal 2019 | Cabernet Sauvignon $95+ – 2014 STARDUST
Dellar & Friedkin Vineyard 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley

 

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