“Mint and new leather characters infuse this full-bodied wine with a tantalizing complexity, while assertive black-fruit flavors flood the palate. It is moderately tannic and nicely layered.” - 90 Points, Wine Enthusiast
Fruit Forward + Savory
Rich + Focused
Blend: 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Petit Verdot, 4% Petite Sirah, 2% Merlot
Barrel Regime: 15 months, 10% new French Oak, 50% French Oak, 50% American Oak
Cult is handcrafted by Napa Valley born and raised wine veteran, Rich Salvestrin. Salvestrin is not only a third generation grape grower, but after obtaining a degree in Viticulture from Fresno State transformed the family business into his namesake St. Helena winery. Salvestrin garners exceptional reviews for their handcrafted estate grown wines and sits predominately on Highway 29.
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I like this wine but won’t pay the up charge on principle. I think the previous was restaurant stock ( I think someone said that was possibly the case, or maybe I dreamt it). In that case I understand the price change but still can’t do it.
@jrbw3 I really do not like the up charge at all! This is a gift tho and the giftees are big fans of this particular wine! (For the record: This same wine sold here in April this year for $124.99. Also sold this past August here for $117.99!)
We just bottled this wine in August. It is entirely fruit from our Lodi vineyards. We are a very small producer and offered a small amount of the Lodi production to sell for this offering. The blend is similar to the CULT CA and that is why it may be confused with CULT CA that was previously foffered. Unfortunately for many wineries, good cabernet fruit is hard to find. We only use fruit for the Lodi CULT from our friends and family. Less than 6000 cases were bottled.
@grantbender@jrbw3 Thank you so much for the clarification! I’ve now purchased all three offerings of this Cab. I have friends that are over the moon for the “Cult”, always comparing other wines they’ve tried, and everyone of them comes up short compared to this. This last purchase is a gift for them. Hopefully, they will enjoy this vintage just as much!
I missed the last offerings here, but this is about what I paid for a six pack on RWS a few months ago. It seems that people either really love it or feel it’s just an ok everyday wine. No real flaws in the bottles I’ve had, but since I’m in the second group, and I got a case of mixed reds from Pedroncelli yesterday for less, this is an easy pass for me.
We grabbed a case of this in October of last year and thoroughly enjoyed it. Cabs are our jam. If we weren’t overstocked on reds I’d pick this up again (it’s less than a dollar a bottle more than last time and IMO the ~$12 a bottle price point is still a fine QPR)
Thank you for all the comments!! Hope you all enjoy our CULT Lodi. This selection is our best Lodi fruit and the first time we bottle just that fruit (we don’t really make restaurant only selections and we don’t do close-outs). Our previous offering was our CULT California which was fruit from Lodi, Mendocino, Lake and Napa Valley. We are a very small producer. Literally 7 employees!! This wine is well worth trying. Thank you again and Happy Thanksgiving to your family from ours!
@rjquillin Sure thing. The Lodi bottling has aged for 20 months and we used a combination of French and American Oak (CA was aged 18 months). Much less American oak than the 2016 or 2017 CULT CA. The less American oaks makes the Lodi “less smoky cedar notes”. The Lodi is deep red with much more brambly fruit. That really means that it has a more intense dark fruit profile. I real enjoy it more that the CA bottling because the oak is more integrated and the fruit is richer. It drinks very easy and has about .5% less alcohol.
@grantbender I just received the order I placed for the “2017 Cult Cabernet Sauvignon”. In your clarification in this forum about this vintage, you stated that this offering was the “Cult Lodi” However, what I received was “2018 Cult Cabernet Sauvignon” Napa Valley! Now I’m confused and pretty sure am not alone in that regard. Could you explain this discrepancy for everyone?
Not sure what vintage others received but mine just arrived. It ended up being a case of 2018 Napa Valley Cab instead of the 2017 Lodi. This will be first time I have tried their Cabs so I don’t know the difference between the Lodi and their Napa. Looking forward to breaking open a bottle either way
@dukecush@klezman@rjquillin@Winedavid49 I think you might be right in this scenario based on my limited experience…though Lodi cabs aren’t a bad thing…just prefer other varietals such as Tannat, Norton and Cinsault from that particular region.
I ordered this Cult offering after I ordered the same offering earlier in the year. I was looking forward to replenishing my stock of Cult that I thoroughly enjoyed. Upon delivery however I actually received a different Cult than what I ordered. I contacted the winery over this but
never received a response. This version was not quite as good as the first Cult I purchased.
@klezman A good percentage of the buyers of this item last time wrote in this column that what was delivered was not what they ordered. It seemed to be the rule rather than the exception. I contacted the the vintner about the discrepancy only because he also participated in the comments here on the day it was put up for sale. If I have any future issues I’ll direct them to Casemates.