Why Buy: A pair of deep, structured, back-vintage, 96-point Cabernets made with gorgeous mountain fruit and from one of the best Napa vineyards you’ve never heard of: the great Rockwell Ridge. The fact that both wines are so hard to come by (just 283 cases produced of the 2015; only 562 of the 2016) just makes this an offer to pounce on.


What They're Saying: "Full-bodied, deep, multi-dimensional," Jeb Dunnuck wrote in his paean to the 96-point 2015 vintage, a wine that’s "elegant on the palate, with fine, fine tannin and awesome purity of fruit.” The Wine Advocate was no less enamored of the 2016 vintage, a 96-pointer that  "delivers intense, vivacious black cherries, warm blackcurrants and blackberries scents with touches of garrigue, cigar box, underbrush and lavender," a "seamless freshness," and a "very long and savory" finish.


Specs: The 2015 is Cabernet Sauvignon-dominant, with smaller proportions of (in descending order of primacy) Petit Verdot, Malbec, Cabernet Franc, and Merlot. The 2016 vintage is made, primarily, from Cabernet Sauvignon, with smaller proportions of (in descending order of primacy) Petit Verdot, Malbec, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc; it aged in 90% new French and Hungarian oak for 23 months.


The Story: Hertelendy is a New World wine, but with an Old World soul — literally. Its creation story begins in the 18th century, in Eastern Europe, with the production of Gruner Veltliner and Riesling in Slovakia and, in Hungary, of Pinot Gris. That latter wine is said to have been given great clarity and definition by the presence of volcanic soil in and around the basalt mountains near Lake Balaton. Two centuries later, Hertelendy is not just a fixture of Napa, but one of its leading lights, and — to come full circle — the lessons of patriarch Gábor Hertelendy about the importance of volcanic soil live on in these exceptional wines from his descendant, Ralph Hertelendy (with a powerful assist from Chappellet winemaker Phil Titus). The estate sources fruit not just from its own "Rockwell Ridge" estate vineyard (right next to the Howell Mountain AVA line), but from an array of super-premium vineyards in Napa Valley, including Atlas Peak, Pritchard Hill, and Coombsville. What they all have in common is a rocky steepness that stresses the grapes, concentrating their fruit and intensity and giving them the complexity and depth that is needed to make world-class wine.


Our Tasting Notes: 2015 is the more intense of the two, with perhaps a touch more drive, while 2016 shades a bit more toward finesse and expressiveness. These are not quibbles, and the point is not to linger on them, but rather to speak to the signal differences between them. What they share, besides a name, is that both are pinnacle expressions of the varietal, with the muscularity, concentration, development, richness, and deep, sustaining length that mark this as winemaking of the utmost seriousness. These will be credits to any collection, but they are absolutely delicious to open and enjoy right now.


ABV: 2015 vintage, 14.7%; 2016 vintage, 14.8%.


Fun Fact: Texsom is among the most prestigious wine competitions in the nation (the judging panel includes 19 Master Sommeliers and 16 Masters of Wine), and Hertelendy won gold in back-to-back years with the 2015 and 2016 vintages we're proud to be able to bring you today.

Our Guarantee: We always buy and source directly from the estate, so you can be confident that your wines will arrive in your hands with pristine provenance. Don't hesitate to secure yours today!


*Offer NOT valid in-store. This offer is made pre-arrival, with wines estimated to be delivered to your preferred store in Summer 2024. With the supply chain issues that we are seeing globally, there may be some unforeseen delays which could affect the ETA. All sale prices are the lowest available at Total Wine & More and ONLY valid through Concierge Sales. No further discounts or coupons may be applied. Offer not valid in CO, CT, DE, IL, KS, KY, LA,MI, MO, NM, NY, SC, TN, WA & WI. This offer is for ONE WEEK, or until sold out, and will expire on Monday, March 11th, 2024.