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Appassionata Cabernet

Appassionata Cabernet

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Rising star Maayan Koschitzky, whose first job was at Screaming Eagle working hand-in-hand with Nick Gislason. After three years at Eagle, he left to join Philippe Melka at Atelier Melka where he rose from assistant winemaker to director of winemaking, helping to craft cult icons Lail, Moone Tsai, Fairchild, and Tusk. His own project, On Q, has risen to its own cult-status with a full mailing list—and long wait.

“I’m a very traditional winemaker,” Koschitzky told us. “My focus is on getting it right in the vineyard and picking when the grapes are perfectly ripe. For Appassionata, we focus on the cooler Coombsville appellation... I age the Cabernet for 27 months in fine French oak Hermitage and Taransaud barrels, then bottle it unfined and unfiltered.”

On Q wine is a Napa insider steal. If you can’t join us for a glass in the Valley, this is one bottle that will bring the Valley and all its bounty right to you.

A beautiful, deep, glass-staining, dark ruby-purple hue. Crushed violet and lilac floral aromas are complemented by dark roast espresso, and an herbal component redolent of mint and fresh tobacco. Bold, rich, and layered with a dark core of fruit and perfectly integrated fine French oak spices atop firm tannins. A true cool-climate Cabernet gem ready to drink or hold for 10-15 years.

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Critics Reviews For On Q

Full and rich, this behemoth is densely packed, with firm, grainy tannins and a very lone, spicy finish. 96 points

Wine Advocate (2015) 96 Points

Appassionata Cabernet

Opens with cedar and vanilla pod notes over a core of creme de cassis, baked plums and dried mulberries with touches of spice cake, menthol, licorice and chocolate box. The oak stands out slightly at this stage on the full-bodies palate, with a firm, grainy frame and just enough freshness, finishing long and spicy.

Wine Advocate (2013) 93 Points

Appassionata Cabernet

It offers a big step up in quality with its beautiful bouquet of creme de cassis, crushed violets, graphite, and charcoal-like aromas and flavors. These carry to a medium to full-bodied, silky wine that has light, finesse-driven tannins, terrific balance, and a great finish.

Dunnuck (2016) 93 Points

Appassionata Cabernet

This inky colored beauty boasts terrific notes of blackberries, currants, charcoal, graphite, and lead pencil shavings. With full-bodied richness, beautiful concentration, plenty of ripe tannins, and a savory, classic style, it has the polish and texture to drink nicely today but is going to benefit from 4-5 years of bottle age and should cruise for two decades or more. It’s a beautiful wine from winemaker Maayan Koschitzky.

Dunnuck (2014) 95 Points

Appassionata Cabernet

Appassionata has an even inkier blue/purple color and stunning nose of blackberries, blueberries, graphite and spring flowers. It is much more youthful and less evolved compared to the 2012, but even more concentrated and delineated. This is a sensational effort, but again, production is extremely small. Ideally, this begs for several years of bottle age, but is should evolve and drink well for 20-25 years.

Robert Parker (2013) 95 Points

Appassionata Cabernet

This Cabernet Sauvignon-based Bordeaux style blend is highly perfumed and exotic with notes of lily, lilac, red rose, sandalwood, cedar chest, cigar box, cinnamon, black currant, black raisin, and sun-dried tomato. Initially very smooth and supple, astringent grape (from the Cabernet grape’s skin) and oak (from new French oak barrels) tannins kick in for a big, meaty, chewy finish. This very recently released wine will age gracefully for several years, but if you can’t wait, decant an hour or two before serving, and pair with braised or grilled meats or game.

Master Sommelier Catherine Fallis (2011)

Appassionata Cabernet

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