In this day and age of ‘Price’, a real wine bargain from Napa Valley, Oakville, to be exact, has come to my attention.
Imported by Sherbrooke Cellars and sold online at: www.liparita.com and www.hoopesvineyard.com , the Cabernet Sauvignon, 2009, in this case is an outstanding wine that has not found the high price tag that dominates the industry.
At $55/$65 a bottle, both companies bring the consumer a wine that is both memorable and pleasing to both the palate and the pocketbook.
What we do, John explained, is to sell over-achieving cult wine at give-away price points.
Spencer Hoopes says ‘When I came across Liparita in 2006, the brand was in disrepair. To reintroduce the brand, we wanted to take it back to its original roots at the ghost winery. We, also, wanted to use the original label. The latter’s original label in 1900 proclaimed, “Pure California Wine”. Today, under Spencer Hoopes, Liparita’s label declares, “Pure Napa Valley Wine”.
Both Liparita and the Hoopes Vineyard are labors of love. The passion for the land and the environment is the key to success. Winemaking for winemaking dominates versus winemaking for dollars, often a Napa problem.
The back label on the Hoopes 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon says it all:
’Our label is simple and light-hearted, but, our Cabernet is serious, complex, and earthy. The ‘Earth’ is our ten acre family vineyard in Napa Valley’s Oakville Appellation, surely one of the world’s most prized areas for growing Cabernet Sauvignon. Our very limited yields result in superb aromatics, strikingly rich and brilliant flavors with full soft tannins. Let us know if our wine pleased you’.
As you can see, the philosophy of the vineyard is to please the customer with a wine that wants to be seamless, complex and balanced without harsh tannins. Basically, their commitment is to make extraordinary wines at reasonable prices.
The 2009 Hoopes Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon is an outstanding wine that has a strong cherry and dark chocolate nose followed by a balanced, tannin free palate of tobacco and spice. The wine is a classic cabernet style wine that reaches heights of balance and finesse with each sip.
View their website for other wines that both Liparita and Hoopes Vineyard produces.
I believe, all wines from Liparita and Hoopes Vineyard are of ‘Superior Quality at Fair Market Prices’.
PHILIP S. KAMPE