Overview of the Wine
Relic was founded in Napa Valley in 2001 by husband and wife team Michael Hirby and Schatzi
Throckmorton, with a focus on historic winemaking techniques. Inspired by a love of Burgundy, they began making a small amount of Pinot Noir, and have since continued to mine history for old secrets in the making of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from the Sonoma Coast as well as Rhone and Bordeaux varietals from the Napa Valley, where their hillside cave winery is located.
When highly natural, traditional methods such as indigenous yeast fermentation, whole-cluster
fermentation, extended lees ageing, minimal-intervention, etc. - are applied to California’s great terroirs, the resulting wines are world-class, complex, layered, and vibrantly aromatic. The diverse vineyard sources are tended with the utmost care, and are always grown to Relic’s specifications of yield, light exposure, irrigation, etc.
After gaining a degree in Philosophy from Colorado College, Michael worked for 2 years as a
sommelier. Before moving to Napa Valley., he spent an extended period tasting with winemakers in France, where he learned that some contemporary winemaking rules are meant to be broken, and his traditional approach became entrenched. Michael is currently the consulting winemaker for D.R. Stephens Estate, Husic Family Vineyards, Sarocka Estate, Wolf Family Vineyards, Flint Knoll, and MAZE, and was the consulting winemaker at Realm Cellars for 8 years.
Schatzi gained a degree in History from Northwestern before moving to Napa Valley in 1999 to work harvest. Her skills were soon recognized, and she has been busy ever since. Schatzi is the Business Manager for Behrens Family Winery, where she has been for 17 years.
Grape / Blend
100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley, California
Winemaker Tasting Notes
A wine with huge personality - aromas of blueberry, blackberry pie, darkest chocolate, creme de violet and exotic spice. The palate is extremely fluid with a lush texture and everything in its place, letting the flavors of dark fruit, cocoa, vanilla, minerals and asian spice explode on the sweet, sultry finish.
98 Points - Jeb Dunnuck
Coming from the La Place Vineyard and brought up all in new French oak, the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon La Place knocks it out of the park with its purity, elegance, and intensity. Giving up a big, beautiful bouquet of crème de cassis, sandalwood, tobacco leaf, and spring flowers, it has a Château Margaux-like elegance, full-bodied richness, and silky tannins. It’s an incredible wine, and even at this price, is a terrific value in Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon.
93 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
One-hundred percent Cabernet Sauvignon aged in 100% new French oak for 22 months, the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon La Place Vineyard is deep garnet-purple colored with wonderfully expressive black berries, cassis and black cherries notes with touches of menthol, cedar chest, dried Mediterranean herbs and violets with a waft of pencil lead. Full, rich, concentrated and with fantastic vibrancy, it has a firm frame of grainy tannins and loads of herbal sparks, finishing long and perfumed.
Product size: 750ml
From a private seller.