Premiere Napa Valley Special with James Suckling: 2018 - A New Benchmark for Neoclassicism and Harmony

Premiere Napa Valley Special with James Suckling: 2018 - A New Benchmark for Neoclassicism and Harmony

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Has Napa Valley winemaking reached a new era of neoclassicism harking back to the great vintages of the 1960s and 1970s but with a very modern and more precise vision? The 2018 vintage is a fantastic year for reds producing high quality wines that show a wonderful balance and harmony as well as ultra-fine tannins. It was a beautiful harvest with an even and long growing season that enabled wine producers to make precise personal decisions to harvest their grapes and make their wines. So many made harmonious and beautiful reds that are unabashedly approachable yet show the structure and balance of fruit and tannins for aging. Join wine critic James Suckling and his panel of six Napa Valley winemakers to discuss the quality, style and history of the 2018 vintage and if the year represents a new benchmark for America’s most famous wine region.


James Suckling, Founder,

James Suckling,


Jae Chun, Dana Estates

Jae Chun,
Dana Estates

Kristy Melton, Freemark Abbey

Kristy Melton,
Freemark Abbey

Ashley Hepworth, Joseph Phelps Vineyards

Ashley Hepworth,
Joseph Phelps Vineyards

Helen Keplinger, Kerr Cellars

Helen Keplinger,
Kerr Cellars

Dan Petroski, Larkmead Vineyards

Dan Petroski,
Larkmead Vineyards

Rebeka Wineburg, Quintessa

Rebeka Wineburg,

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