- Producer: SLOAN ESTATE - read about the Estate
- Winemaker: Martha McClellan
- Region (AVA): Napa (Rutherford)
- Blend: c.55% Merlot, c.30% Cabernet Sauvignon, c.15% Cabernet Franc
- Vintage production: <500 cases
- Winery location: Rutherford
- Owners: Sutong Pan
- First vintage: 2000
- Drinking window: 2020-2040
About The Wine:
The 2015 growing season began with a warm, early spring after a mild and relatively dry winter. Cool late spring temperatures led to a delayed flowering, and in some blocks, slightly less uniformity of the fruit set. Persistent management of the canopy, strategically placed shade cloth, and meticulously implemented thinning strategies throughout the entire growing season provided each vine with the exacting attention needed, and ensured the individual ripening of each and every small, but precious, cluster. The harvest concluded within exactly one month under ideal conditions, allowing each vine the hang time necessary to reach its optimal point of maturity.
Since its debut with the 2004 vintage, ASTERISK Proprietary Red (500 cases made each vintage) represents the second cuvée from SLOAN ESTATE, showcasing an alternate yet elegant and compelling expression of the terroir. Charming and bold, it is made from mostly Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes. Produced under the same obsessive attention to detail and unyielding standards as SLOAN, ASTERISK is juicy and sensual, offering an explosion of fruit aromas and flavours. While it holds the promise of aging potential, it is a splendidly inviting wine that is intended to satisfy the desire for instant gratification.
The wine sees 26 months in French Oak, (Darnajou and Taransaud) 100% new. Martha and the team process half of the fruit by barrel fermentation and half in stainless steel to help better manage the smaller lots. All wines see an extended maceration period after a cold soak.
SLOAN ESTATE, ASTERISK Proprietary Red 2016
"Starting with the 2016 Asterisk, which was bottled in March of 2019, it offers a medium to full-bodied, elegant yet nicely concentrated style as well as plenty of ripe plum, tobacco, sagebrush, and truffle-laced aromatics. It’s a rich, fleshy, beautifully balanced 2016 that has a touch of background oak to integrate, ripe tannins, and a great finish. It’s going to evolve for 20+ years.”
94 points, Jeb Dunnuck (Jan. 2020)