2017 Covert Estate "Black Label" Coombsville Cabernet Sauvignon (750ml)15
"This brilliant Cabernet from Julien Fayard has so much to offer." AG
Last weekend I was lucky enough to get away for a day and visit Napa. I had heard that Julien Fayard was doing great things at a little known winery called Covert so I thought I'd check it out. Julien cut his teeth at famed Chateau Lafite and his Bordeaux sensibility is very prevalent in the wines of Covert. Covert was a thrilling experience and all the wines I tasted, particularly the Black Label Cabernet, absolutely over delivered for the price. With only 500 cases made for the entire winery annually, this is an under the radar gem that Bordeaux and Napa fans would thoroughly enjoy! - Geoff Comfort
"The 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon is the only Cabernet from Covert (there are no selections), and it is quite impressive. In the glass, it offers a beguiling mix of rich, dark red-toned fruit and bright floral notes that add both energy and freshness. The 2017 is deep, but also light on its feet for such a powerful wine. This brilliant Cabernet from Julien Fayard has so much to offer. Fayard blends estate fruit with grapes from several other nearby Coombsville properties. (Drink between 2022-2032) " Antonio Galloni Vinous
About the winemaker:
With more than two decades of winemaking expertise, Julien Fayard is one of Napa Valley’s most respected winemakers producing California varietals with French finesse. He believes in producing wines with an identity, exploiting what makes each one unique. Julien’s wines are a pure expression of their terroir, highlighting the specificities and characteristics of the fruit, vineyard management, soil and climate. He has a track record of building brands both in terms of quality and market presence.
Originally from France, Julien began his career as a winemaker producing quality rosé at his family’s winery in Provence. In Bordeaux he worked at Lafite Rothschild and Smith Haut Laffite before relocating to Napa Valley. In Napa, he was Philippe Melka’s director of winemaking for a few years before launching his own projects.