We Are Now “Parish”ioners

Matt Parish has over 18 years and 25 vintages of global winemaking experience, is the former Vice President and Chief Winemaker for the Americas at Treasury Wine Estates, and is Chief Winemaker for Naked Wines. We were provided with a sample of his wine by Naked Wines.

2015 Napa Valley Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

2015 Reserve Napa Cabernet

According to the website, this wine is no longer available, but it appears that the price was in the $50 range. Not crazy expensive for Napa cabernet, but certainly up there.

This wine is dark ruby in color, with a nose of currant and black cherry, with dry herbal notes and hints of anise and spice. Balanced acid and dusty tannins, with a succulent black currant and cherry attack. Relatively full bodied, with oaky mocha notes appearing in the mid palate. Finishes with a dried cherry note. Overall this wine is pretty darned tasty. It was paired with grilled prime strip loin steak, and it was a great match.

A bit of info about Naked Wines – it was started in 2008 and is based on a model where the primary customers (called Angels) fund independent winemakers from around the world, in return for wines at below retail or essentially wholesale prices. The Naked Wines model works as on social network principles, encouraging customers to review their wines and interact with other customers online.