Hertelendy Vineyards

La Belle Étoile
2021 Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley

2023 Offering
Premiere Napa Valley
Auction | Lot No. 57
Vintage

2021

Hertelendy Vineyards

La Belle Étoile

Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley

5 cases produced

Highlights

  • Your wine was crafted by Ralph Hertelendy
  • All volcanic, mountainside fruit was sourced from Crystal Springs and Atlas Peak
  • This wine features all five classic red varieties
  • Barrel aging for 23 months in French and Hungarian oak

Description

Your wine was crafted by Ralph Hertelendy, with all volcanic, mountainside fruit sourced from Crystal Springs and Atlas Peak. This lot features all five classic red varieties and is barrel aging for 23 months in French and Hungarian oak.


Ralph Hertelendy

Winemaker, Hertelendy Vineyards

Winemaker, Ralph Hertelendy

Ralph Hertelendy is a young entrepreneur who fell in love with wine at a very early age. When Ralph was 5 years old in France, he tasted one of the best French Grand Crus, and remembered liking it not just for the flavor, but also because it brought friends and family together. After getting his business degree from the University of San Francisco, Ralph became a sommelier and worked for several wineries in the Napa Valley in sales, and as a winemaker's assistant under Laura Barrett.

When he was 25, he made his first wine in his basement, and over the years he has refined his craft towards creating only top quality style wines. Being multilingual, he has lived and traveled in France, Italy, and Spain to go on wine explorations in specific regions to further hone his craft and broaden his horizons.

Country born: United States

Education: Level 1 Sommelier
Mentors: Laura Barrett, Phillip Corallo-Titus, Russell Bevan

Years in the wine industry: 15-20 years

Honors / Awards:
• TOP 100 WINE DISCOVERIES 2020 — ROBERT PARKER
• 99 point rated wines (98 from Robert Parker and Jeb Dunnuck)
• Multiple Gold Medals at Texsom (judged by Master Sommeliers and Masters of Wine)
• Double Gold & Best in Class at Sunset International Wine Competition,
• #43 in Top 100 International Wine Report 2018

"Put this bottle on the table next to most reds and it's like sending Shaquille O'Neal into a middle-school basketball game...an absolute blockbuster." — Ian Cauble, Master Sommelier

Winemaking Philosophy:
To create world-class wines, never compromise quality, and pursue excellence while maintaining the distinguished Hertelendy style with each vintage. Quality above all else.

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