• 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: 700 cases
  • Winery location: Rutherford
  • Owners: Sutong Pan
  • First vintage: 2000
  • Drinking window: 2025-2038+

 

About The Wine:

 

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.

 

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 the terroir.

 

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 2018

  • “The 2018 Sloan is a flat out stunner. Rich, dramatic and full-bodied, with striking energy, the 2018 is viscerally thrilling right out of the gate. Black cherry, plum, mocha, licorice and gravel all build as this towering, statuesque Cabernet shows off its pedigree. The 2018 is simply magical, and just as breathtaking from bottle as a barrel sample last year. It is the very finest Sloan I have ever tasted. I can’t wait to see how it ages.” (Vinous, Jan. 2022)

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

     

    "I compared the 2018 Proprietary Red to a great vintage of Mouton Rothschild from barrel and I'm still happy with that comparison now from bottle. Sporting a dense purple hue as well as gorgeous aromatics of blackcurrants, chocolate, espresso, tobacco leaf, charcoal, and gravelly earth, this big, full-bodied, concentrated, tannic wine is flawlessly balanced, incredibly precise, and as pure and classy as they come. It needs to be forgotten for at least 5-7 years and will have 30-40 years of overall longevity. Bravo to the team at Sloan for another magical wine."

    99 points, Jeb Dunnuck (Dec. 2021)