It’s an interesting thing, chance. I met Mike from Relic wines while picking up an order from a different winery which shares the same production facility in St.Helena. He was looking through samples he opened to help a chef with pairing ideas for a dinner party that evening. He asked me if I would like to try them, to which I giddily replied yes, since they don’t offer these wines in the community tasting room. He grabbed a box, placed four half sampled bottles inside, and shook my hand: all for a guy who just poked his head in the cellar while his wife used the restroom. I didn’t even tell him I write a wine blog! So, as an addition to my verbal thank you, I figured I’d write my impressions of the wine for my friends to see. I have no idea how much these wines are, but from the look of the website, this is a mail order only type of Winery. If you are looking for a great small production Napa Valley wine, Relic would be an excellent choice.
2007 Cabernet Sauvignon Rockledge Vineyard Napa Valley
This is a very aromatic wine with notes of summer berries, cherry, and dust. A great mid palate with a well structured finish that exhibits gobs of fruit and big tannins.
Drink 2012 – 2020
92-94 pts. A
2007 Artifact Red Wine, Napa Valley, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot. and Syrah blend.
This deep ruby red wine has a fragrant nose of cherry and anise. Chewy tanins and a lingering finish leave you wanting another sip. Very Good.
92-94 pts. A
Inky purple with whiffs of cranberry and raspberry that carry onto a nice palate with firm tanins on the finish.
90 pts. A-
2008 Ritual, Napa Valley
Mourvedre, Grenache, Syrah
Cherry, blackberry, mineral, and strawberry notes develop on your tongue, fill your mouth, and end with a medium to full-bodied finish.
90-92 pts. A-