Brilliant Mistake Wines

2015 Cabernet Sauvignon

2017 Offering
Premiere Napa Valley
Auction 21 | Lot No. 42


Brilliant Mistake Wines

Cabernet Sauvignon

5 cases produced


  • The 2015 Brilliant Mistake is a 100% Cabernet Sauvignon from a historic Rutherford vineyard
  • Aged approximately two years in 85% new and 15% one-year-old French oak
  • This wine is powerful yet lush, inky dark in color and rich in flavor
  • A perfect expression of an outstanding growing vintage

Sourced from a historic Rutherford vineyard, your Premiere Napa Valley wine is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon. The wine shows dark aromas of spiced plums, blackberries, mocha and cassis. The layers of complex favors reveal themselves with time in the glass, dancing between fresh fruit and dark vanilla/caramel tones with powerful yet smooth tannins. Inky and concentrated in structure, the wine is indicative of winemaker Maayan Koschitzky's style, which he has honed working alongside Philippe Melka, in addition to the vineyards of his native Isreal. This wine has been aged in 85% new and 15% one-year-old French oak for 22 months.

Wine Facts

  • Wine is unfiltered
  • Single vineyard wine

Maayan Koschitzky

Winemaker, Brilliant Mistake Wines

Winemaker, Maayan Koschitzky

Maayan has amassed an impressive winemaking resume. From the vineyards of Israel to Screaming Eagle and Dalla Valle here in the Napa Valley, he has worked alongside some of the most renowned winemakers in addition to some of the most coveted terroirs in the world.

In 2014 Maayan began working with Philippe Melka and is currently the Director of Winemaking at Atelier Melka, overseeing an impressive list of clients while making some of the most coveted and award winning wines available.

In 2015, Maayan became the winemaker for Brilliant Mistake Wines, making small lot ultra-premium Bordeaux style wines. Regarding his winemaking philosophy, Maayan says, “It really is how you farm that a lot of time determines when you pick. Exposing the fruit to light early in the season, to burn pyrazines, and then protect it with the canopy later, I feel offers the best balance.” Maayan wants to keep the wine close to the land and create wines with a sense of place, which he feels all great wines need.

Country born: Israel

Education: Originally from Israel, Maayan has studied plant science at the Faculty of Agriculture, Hebrew University, working under Dr. Margalit, a well known winemaker and the author of Concepts in Winemaking and Concepts in Wine Chemistry. After moving to Napa Valley - Maayan honed his craft working at Screaming Eagle, Dalla Valle and now currently working under Philippe Melka as the Director of Winemaking at Atelier Melka.

Years in the wine industry: 10-15 years

Winemaking Philosophy:
I try and minimize winemaking techniques in the cellar so that I can create a wine that tells the story of the vineyard.

750 Wines

1224 Adams Street
Suite C
Saint Helena  CA  94574


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