Typesetter Napa Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 - 750ml

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93pts James Suckling

An intense and concentrated red with notes of ripe blackberries, dark chocolate, wet stones and vanilla. Full-bodied and dry with an array of plush tannins, deep fruit and a touch of graphite. Long, velvety finish. Try in 2023.

90pts Wine Enthusiast

This powerfully concentrated and reductive wine is earthy in dried herb, tobacco and tannin. Black currant, clove and black pepper accent the generous oak, finishing with immense intensity.

Winemaker Notes

This fine Cabernet Sauvignon was created from only very high end, hillside estate winery Cab producers in Calistoga (70%), Pritchard Hill (18.5%), Coombsville (10%) and Oak Knoll (1.5%). The wine was produced from three different estate sources and blended together to make a very complex, concentrated and dense wine that is everything you expect in a $100+ bottle from the Napa Valley, because this is what it is. From time to time producers fall behind in sales and need to raise cash which is why TYPESETTER was created. The Napa Valley is a small community of growers and winemakers of which I am a member. Winemaker friends offer me wine routinely before showing it to the market and when the wines are epic (which is often), I jump at the opportunity. To offer this wine at a cost 75% less than what it normally does is a great opportunity to offer unprecedented value to a market full of high quality, but very expensive Napa Cabernets.


This Cab is a natural with prime aged New York strip steak or Filet Mignon with truffled mashed potatoes and balsamic glazed Brussels sprouts. It will do well with any grilled meat dish and it finishes very nicely with fine chocolate desserts if there is wine left.


My idol and greatest role model is my maternal grandfather who was a lithographer, Typesetter and printer, Joesph Otto Molz, he lived and worked his entire life in Baltimore, MD. I have fond memories of him emerging from the cellar after a long day to clean off his inky hands. I didn’t know then that my career would take me down a similar path. As a Cabernet Sauvignon Winemaker it is my goal to make concentrated, inky dark red wines that stain my hands for weeks at a time. Please enjoy the results of my craft as a tribute to the Typesetter who made it possible. Winemaker Richard Bruno


Varietal Composition:

94% Cabernet Sauvignon

(70% Calistoga, 16% Pritchard Hill, 8% Coombsville)

2.5% Cabernet Franc (Pritchard Hill)

1.5% Merlot (Oak Knoll)

1% Petite Verdot (Coombsville)

1% Malbec (Coombsville)