- Producer: SLOAN ESTATE - read about the Estate
- Winemaker: Martha McClellan
- Region (AVA): Napa (Rutherford)
- Blend: c.90% Cabernet Sauvignon, c.10% Merlot / Cabernet Franc / Petit Verdot
- Vintage production: <500 cases
- Winery location: Rutherford
- Owners: Sutong Pan
- First vintage: 2000
- Drinking window: 2022-2055
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.
The Estate’s flagship wine since its inaugural 2000 vintage, SLOAN Proprietary Red (500 cases made each vintage) is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Petit Verdot. It has a unique character that stems from the Sacrashe vineyard high above Rutherford. In Four Corners Wine’s opinion it’s akin to Lafite in its style, but there’s a palpable sense of energy and complex terroir that really elevates it. Parker has often likened it to a Mouton/Cheval Blanc hybrid, but what does he know…
Layered with remarkable complexity and intensity of flavours and aromas, SLOAN exhibits a gorgeous tension between elements of grace and power, balance and opulence, as well as age and vibrancy. It is a precise wine with defined structure and immense aging potential and at the same time, a seductive wine of exceptional fruit finesse, minerality, and multi-layered mouthfeel. Crafted with meticulous care from vine to bottle and exacting standards for achieving the highest quality, this uninhibitedly rich and extraordinarily pure wine is a beautiful, raw expression of our terroir – a reflection of our soils, climate, and its place of origin. The 2002 and 2007 vintages of SLOAN achieved the highest critical acclaim of “a perfect wine”.
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 SLOAN Proprietary Red 2015
"Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2015 Proprietary Red is a little closed and broody at this youthful stage, the nose beginning to open and grow into a beautiful redcurrant jelly, cassis, kirsch and black raspberry core with nuances of red roses, mocha, unsmoked cigars, camphor and tilled soil. Full-bodied and fabulously decadent in the mouth, the palate reveals a very firm, very plush frame with loads of perfumed layers and an epically long, fragrant finish."
100 points, Lisa Perrotti-Brown (Dec. 2018)