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2021 The Black Aces  - Vineyard 36
94 Jeb Dunnuck -
These beauties are made by the talented Keith Emerson, who has been at Vineyard 36 since 2017. I think there's been a slight tweak in the style of these wines over the past couple of vintages, with the wines slightly more restrained and elegant. The largest production release here (it's still a minuscule 300 cases or thereabouts), the 2021 Cabernet Sauvignon The Black Aces has beautiful purity in its cassis and darker berry fruits, and it's medium to full-bodied on the palate, with a focused, elegant, nicely balanced profile. It reveals more violet, loamy earth, and chocolate notes with time in the glass, and it's going to benefit from just a few years in the cellar and have 15 years of prime drinking.

2021 The Black Aces


The dark label of our Black Aces bottle represents the strength, determination, and perseverance of the Black Aces who silently support each NHL team, always ready to jump in at a moment’s notice for the team’s greater good. This wine behind the label is a blend of several world-class Cabernet Sauvignon vineyards from Oakville and Rutherford. When they all come together in synergy, effortlessly blending the expected with the unexpected, they produce a balanced win that everyone can celebrate. 

  • Blend100% Cabernet Sauvignon
  • WinemakerKeith Emerson
  • RegionNapa Valley
  • AppellationRutherford & Oakville
  • VineyardRenteria 360, Rivett, GIII Vineyards
  • Farming MethodRenteria Vineyard Management & Beckstoffer Vineyards
  • Aging / Cooperage70% New French Oak
  • Alcohol14.6%
  • PH3.73
  • TA5.85g/100mLs