Grape(s): 62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Merlot, 11% Malbec, 5% Cabernet Franc, and 3% Petit Verdot
Localization: Napa Valley, California, United States
Tasting notes: “The Dude” has blueberry, blackberry, currant, and exotic spice on the nose. On the pallet the wine is dark, rich and jammy with blueberry, spice, cocoa bean, outlined in sweet French oak.
The Domain: Canepa Koch Wine Cellars is a partnership between Mark Canepa and Neil Koch. Together Mark and Neil have over 25 years of wine industry experience. Mark and Neil have known each other since 2004 and both were recruited by Seguin Moreau (Cooperage in Napa Valley) where they both took sales positions. They quickly realized that if they combined their skills and resources they could launch something exciting. Their goal is to create wines that are well-rounded, enjoyable, and affordable.
Neil has over 12 years of wine industry experience including 6 years working in the production side. He trained under Philip Melka at Seavey Vineyards, Bryant Family, and Vineyard 29. Based on his winemaking background he was appointed as the Enologist and Assistant Winemaker at Lewis Cellars where he facilitated the production of highly acclaimed Napa Valley Cabernet, Merlot, Syrah, and Chardonnay. Neil has also produced Pinot Noir under the “The Line Wines” Label.