• 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: 2023-2036+


About The Wine:


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 2018

  • "A great introduction into the incredible quality of this estate, the 2018 Asterisk reveals a deep ruby/purple color as well as a beautiful perfume of blackcurrants, iron, lead pencil, coffee, and smoked tobacco. Rich, medium to full-bodied, and incredibly polished, it has building yet sweet tannins, the more focused, structured style of the vintage, and a brilliant finish. It’s certainly approachable today and offers pleasure, yet it's going to benefit from 3-5 years of bottle age and will have 20-25 years of overall longevity."

    95+ points, Jeb Dunnuck (Dec. 2021)


    "The Asterisk is so impressive. It offers up copious dark fruit, chocolate, licorice, menthol and spice, all in a forward, lush style that offers tons of immediacy and appeal. Sloan’s Asterisk shows just how alluring the vintage is. The 2018 is the best Asterisk I have tasted. Frankly, it is better than some estates’ top wines."

    94 points, Antonio Galloni (Vinous, Jan. 2022)