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Celebrating the 55th anniversary of Our Family’s First California Harvest
90 pts "50 Harvests 2014 Meritage (Napa Valley). This blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon and 25% Petit Verdot commemorates the number of consecutive harvests by the Scotto family of Steele Canyon Cellars. Candied red fruit gives it broad, lasting rich- ness that lingers across the structured palate." — V.B.
In 2013, the Scotto family, originally from the Italian island of Ischia, launched the 50 Harvests label to mark their half-century mark as grape-growers in California. Winemaker extraordinaire Mitch Cosentino's 2014 vintage, which is 75% Cabernet Sauvignon and 25% Petit Verdot, is a sumptuous wine — think blackberry jam and cinammon stick with a mineral foundation and syrupy-smooth mouthfeel. I most recently tasted it with a cheese course, but it would also be stunning with duck.
In 2013, the Scotto family produced a wine both to honor their 50th harvest in California and memorialize the family’s winemaking heritage, which originated in 1883 on the island of Ischia just off the Italian coast. First crafted with the 2011 vintage in Napa Valley’s Oak Knoll District by Winemaker Paul Scotto, the 50 Harvests transformed into a true Meritage blend reflecting the model of Old World Bordeaux in 2014, when Scotto teamed up with fellow winemaker Mitch Cosentino. The family’s five-generation history of viticulture culminates in the 2014 50 Harvests Meritage, making it The Tasting Panel’s “Generational Gem” of 2018. Vivid, fresh flavors of juicy plum and spice; tangy and nicely structured; a lovely, well-balanced effort. 92 —A.D.B., September 2018
This is a blend of cabernet sauvignon (75 percent) and petit verdot (25 percent) from winemaker Mitch Cosentino. Back in the day it was Cosentino who bottled Napa Valley’s very first Meritage wine. Leather and black fruit aromas fill the nose. The palate is stuffed with cherries of all sorts, blackberry and pepper spice. The exceedingly long finish shows off minerals, earth and a light dusting of cocoa. This is a fantastic Bordeaux-informed blend from one of California’s masters.