“This is really hush-hush … trust me, you can’t get any finer.”
Clare Tooley, California wine expert (and Merlot maven)
You will have to hurry to snag this can’t-miss opportunity, courtesy of our expert on the ground, Clare. She’s a big Merlot fan, and is very picky about the bottles she drinks at home. So when she told us that she’d scored a deal with the people behind some of Napa’s most iconic names – whose wines start at $30 a bottle – we got really (really) excited. And you should be too …
First off, there’s the vintage to talk about. 2013 was exceptional, and prominent critic James Suckling has hailed it as “perhaps the greatest vintage ever for Napa Valley.” That means the grapes positively thrived, especially in famous districts like Calistoga and Diamond Mountain, which is where our Top-Secret Winemakers sourced the fruit for Illustrious. Aged for over a year in the finest oak barrels, this is one lusciously opulent red that’s sure to impress guests.
Look forward to layers of ripe strawberry, black cherry, and blackberry, with hints of toasty oak, and soft, perfectly ripe tannins. A lovely red wine aperitif, or partner for beef stews, duck breast dishes, firm cheeses, and more.
This is one of the best Napa deals we’ve offered in years – do not delay ordering.