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90 points for 2018 Ultimate Cabernet Sauvignon in The Wine Advocate

Calla Lily’s 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Ultimate Red delivers scents of Ribena, sage and a hint of bay leaf on the nose. It’s medium to full-bodied, silky in texture and maybe a touch tart on the finish, but it’s a solid effort.

90 points for 2018 Ultimate Cabernet Sauvignon in The Wine Advocate2022-06-03T20:39:26+00:00

92 points for 2018 Audax in The Wine Advocate

Nearly 95% Cabernet Sauvignon (the balance is mostly Petit Verdot), the 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Audax is a big step up from the 2017, boasting more refinement and purity of expression. Scents of cassis and blueberry take the lead, with subtle shadings of sage and mocha adding complexity. It’s full-bodied yet silky and suave, with a tight, composed feel on the palate and a lingering finish liberally dusted with soft tannins reminiscent of cocoa powder. While approachable now, it should drink well for more than a decade.

92 points for 2018 Audax in The Wine Advocate2022-06-03T20:33:34+00:00

91 points for 2019 Ultimate Red Cabernet Sauvignon in The Wine Advocate

The 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon Ultimate Red actually benefits from being a big larger-scaled than previous vintages, boasting attractive cedar and cassis aromas as well as more volume on the palate than the 2018. Full-bodied and velvety, it finishes with a touch of licorice.

91 points for 2019 Ultimate Red Cabernet Sauvignon in The Wine Advocate2022-06-03T20:39:26+00:00

91 points for 2019 Audax in The Wine Advocate

Approximately 85% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% each Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Petit Verdot, the 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon Audax is impressively dark in the glass, with attractive scents of cassis, mocha and dark chocolate; while it avoids much of the herbal nuance of the 2018, it’s a bit simpler, riper and chunkier in feel. No doubt some tasters will thrill to its ripeness, ample weight and sheer bulk—and don’t get me wrong, it’s a full-bodied, brash Cabernet I’d gladly pair with a grilled T-bone—but it doesn’t quite measure up to the balance and near-elegance of the 2018.

91 points for 2019 Audax in The Wine Advocate2022-06-03T20:33:06+00:00

93 points for 2018 Ultimate Cabernet Sauvignon

James Suckling reviewed the 2018 Ultimate Cabernet Sauvignon on January 26, 2022:

Aromas of cassis, blackberry, chocolate, vanilla, peppermint and cedar. Full-bodied with plush tannins. Firm and structured, yet creamy, with a caressing, ripe core of black fruit and sweet spice. Drink from 2023.

https://www.jamessuckling.com/tasting-notes/172540/calla-lily-cabernet-sauvignon-napa-valley-ultimate-red-2018

93 points for 2018 Ultimate Cabernet Sauvignon2022-06-03T20:39:27+00:00

91 points for 2018 Audax from James Suckling

James Suckling reviewed the 2018 Audax on January 26, 2022:

91 points:  Aromas of ripe blackberries, dark cherries, blackcurrants, dried thyme, vanilla and baking spices. Full-bodied with firm, dense tannins. Rich, ripe and fruity with a creamy texture. Drink from 2023.

https://www.jamessuckling.com/tasting-notes/172668/audax-cabernet-sauvignon-napa-valley-2018

91 points for 2018 Audax from James Suckling2022-06-03T20:32:39+00:00

2016 Ultimate Cabernet Sauvignon has “huge presence and substance” at BiggerThanYourHead

The Calla Lily “Ultimate Red” Cabernet Sauvignon 2016, Napa Valley, is a blend of 84 percent cabernet sauvignon, 6 percent each cabernet franc and merlot and 4 percent malbec, aged 22 months in French oak, 40 percent new barrels. The wine displays an inky-purple robe that shades to a magenta rim; iodine, iron and graphite, intense and concentrated blue and black fruit; large-framed, lithe and supple, with huge presence and substance; loads of dusty, graphite-ridden tannins and granitic elements. 14.5 percent alcohol. Try 2022 or ’23 through 2030 to ’33. Very Good+ for now, perhaps Excellent potential.

Calla Lily is a venture helmed by Napa Valley veteran Cary Gott, with the investment of a few businessmen from Hong Kong. The clear intent is to fashion cabernet-based wines for those with patience and cool cellars.

2016 Ultimate Cabernet Sauvignon has “huge presence and substance” at BiggerThanYourHead2022-06-03T20:39:27+00:00

2015 Audax rated Excellent by BiggerThanYourHead

Predominantly cabernet, with 4 percent merlot, 3 percent cabernet franc and 1 percent malbec, the Calla Lily Audax Cabernet Sauvignon 2015, Napa Valley, aged 27 months in French oak, 50 percent new barrels. The result is a solid, sizable wine with plenty of girth and depth. The color is dark to medium ruby-magenta; the nose displays iodine and mint, iron and graphite that slowly open to notes of spiced and macerated black currants, cherries and plums; on the palate — bastions of dusty, velvety tannins that reach deep and extend in every direction through dark, vibrant acidity and layers of briers, brambles and underbrush; it’s quite dry, yet offers glimmers of juicy black fruit flavors. 14.7 percent alcohol. Production was 268 six-bottle cases. Try from 2023 or ’24 through 2033 to ’35. Very Good+ for now, with Excellent Potential.

2015 Audax rated Excellent by BiggerThanYourHead2022-06-03T20:32:14+00:00

2016 Ultimate Cabernet receives 94 points in July issue of Tasting Panel Magazine

94 points: The first vines on this 20-acre estate vineyard, located in Pope Valley on the eastern side of Howell Mountain, were planted in 1995; the property also boasts a small plot of pre-phylloxera vines. Winemaker Cary Gott’s aging regimen for this blend of 84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Cabernet Franc, 6% Merlot and 4% Petit Verdot is 22 months in 40% new French oak. Dry, chalky tannins grip the teeth with sage and plum as graphite and deep notes of mocha keep the senses alert. This is an accessible yet exceedingly regal red, with pepper and mountain brush emerging through a veil of black cherry and tilled soil.

2016 Ultimate Cabernet receives 94 points in July issue of Tasting Panel Magazine2022-06-03T20:39:28+00:00

Profiled by SyrahQueen on February 20, 2021: “Classic Napa Cabernet done right”

Calla Lily Winery – A Boutique Napa Valley Winery Off The Beaten Path

February 20, 2021

When visiting Napa Valley, a trip to Pope Valley is a must.  Experience authentic Napa Valley, it is the quieter and less pretentious side of Napa.  Pope Valley has risen in stature in recent years, producing prestigious Cabernet Sauvignon’s that are intense and vibrant.  One of the newer and more renowned projects in the Pope Valley is Calla Lily Winery. Calla Lily has an elegant portfolio of wines that are produced around the imagery of calla lily, a flower of enormous beauty and refinement.  These are the exact qualities that the winery strives to express in its wines.

Calla Lily Winery spans 95 acres in Pope Valley, just down the hill from Howell Mountain in the heart of Napa Valley.  With the help of Cary Gott, Calla Lily was founded by Anthony Fung and Andy Chui, two Hong Kong-based entrepreneurs. The goal is to produce artisanal, low-production, boutique wines.

Calla Lily produces only estate wines, with 20-acres of estate vineyards consisting of Bordeaux varieties.  The first vines were planted in 1995 and today there are 12 acres of Cabernet Sauvignon, 5 acres of Petite Sirah, and 1 acre each of Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, and Petite Verdot.  The vines are established on the eastern side of Howell Mountain at an elevation of 800 feet, making it cooler than the valley floor.  Combined with the elevation, soil, and microclimate, winemaker Cary Gott says, “Pope Valley is a hidden gem in Napa Valley”

Cary Gott is an icon in the wine industry.  He is a fourth-generation California winemaker who’s had a hand in more than twenty wineries.  With 40 years of experience, he has managed multiple ultra-premium vineyards; he was the Senior Vice President of Seagram Classics, the President of Sterling Vineyards, and the Winemaster of Mumm Napa Valley.  He is known to have helped many enter the wine business and get them on the right path to building a wine brand. The Gott family also owns food and wine businesses in Napa Valley and San Francisco, most notably Gott’s Roadside and Joel Gott Wines.

Calla Lily Ultimate Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

The Ultimate Cabernet Sauvignon is a blend of 84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Cabernet Franc; 6% Merlot; 4% Petit Verdot.  Intriguing notes of blueberries, plum, cinnamon, thyme, and sage exude from the glass.  The palate is layered and concentrated with notes of black fruit, cocoa, and spice. This is a classic Napa Cabernet Sauvignon done right. Only 1032 cases produced.

Calla Lily AUDAX Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2015

AUDAX, meaning “bold” in Latin, is Calla Lily’s barrel-selection reserve wine made as a tribute to the pioneers of Napa Valley, many of whom settled in Pope Valley.  The bottle and packaging are luxurious and elegant.  This is a wine that needs to be enjoyed in a high-quality Bordeaux wine glass, for the best experience. AUDAX is a blend of 92% Cabernet Sauvignon; 4% Merlot; 3% Cabernet Franc, 1% Malbec and is energetic and vibrant.

There are quintessential notes of dark fruit, oak, chocolate, and dried flowers. There is a wonderful tension between the fruits and tannins.  The finish is rich, spicy, and seductive. This Napa Cabernet is extremely well-balanced and elegant. You can drink now, but the wine will continue to evolve in the bottle, making it a perfect wine to cellar.  There are only 134 cases produced.

https://syrahqueen.com/calla-lily-winery/

Profiled by SyrahQueen on February 20, 2021: “Classic Napa Cabernet done right”2021-04-08T17:08:35+00:00

90 points for 2015 Audax in April 2021 Wine Enthusiast

From the producer’s Howell Mountain estate, this wine bursts in juicy red fruit and baking spice. It is a lengthy and full-bodied expression of the grape blended with small amounts of Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Malbec. Supple tannins show a lasting intensity.

90 points for 2015 Audax in April 2021 Wine Enthusiast2021-04-08T17:07:17+00:00

2016 Ultimate reviewed in April 2021 Wine Enthusiast

From a vineyard high atop Howell Mountain, with small amounts of Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Petit Verdot, this red is thick and densely built in mocha, sage and cedar. Rich layers of vanilla and milk chocolate give it a roundedness and soft, supple structure.

2016 Ultimate reviewed in April 2021 Wine Enthusiast2021-04-08T17:08:36+00:00

95 points for 2015 Audax from The Tasting Panel

In the November-December issue of The Tasting Panel Magazine, the 2015 Audax is reviewed:

95 points, 4 ½ kisses: This estate-bottled Cabernet Sauvignon (with small additions of Merlot, Cab Franc and Malbec) is weighty and powerful. Tobacco, slate and espresso manage to arouse both the nose and a palate whose earthiness transitions to plum coated in bittersweet dark chocolate. Venturing from tightly wound to lush, the wine coasts to a velvet-lined finish accented by notes of leather.

 

p. 80, https://www.tastingpanelmag.com/the-tasting-panel-magazine-nov-dec-2020/

95 points for 2015 Audax from The Tasting Panel2021-04-08T17:07:17+00:00

Wine Enthusiast awards 94 points to 2014 Audax

94 points: Blended with small amounts of Cabernet Franc and Merlot, this wine succeeds in its rich coming-together of plum, lavender and black-currant flavors, the palate densely packed in fruit and tight-grained tannin. Effusively perfumed in oak and cedar, it is nicely integrated and shows great complexity.

June 2019

https://www.winemag.com/buying-guide/calla-lily-2014-audax-cabernet-sauvignon-napa-valley/

Wine Enthusiast awards 94 points to 2014 Audax2021-04-08T17:07:17+00:00
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