- 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: 2021-2041
About The Wine:
After abundant rains during winter and mild spring weather, hot summer temperatures brought the fruits to optimal maturity with no major stress in the vineyard. High heat vintages typically result in a fleshy, powerful ripeness, however the 2017’s present with an abundance of structure, fresh fruit, and delicate balance, showcasing a more restrained side of the SLOAN ESTATE vineyard.
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 2017
"Plum with some mushroom, bark and cedar on the nose, following through to a medium to full body with polished, firm tannins and a delicious, juicy finish. Normally half merlot and cabernet franc. Drink now or hold."
94 points, James Suckling (Dec. 2020)
"Moving to the wines from bottle, the 2017 Asterisk offers a dense purple hue as well as a sweet nose of crème de cassis, mulberries, brambly herbs, chocolate, and toasted spices. Fruit-forward and charming, it still has ample mid-palate depth, ripe tannins, and beautiful balance. I don't think it's going to make terribly old bones, but it's going to drink beautifully for at least 15-20 years."
94 points, Jeb Dunnuck (Jan. 2021)