It's easy to forget- after his years of successes working the ancient vines of Contra Costa County- that Matt Cline is an expert technician when it comes to top-notch Napa Cabernet. His pride and joy these days is the Suscol Creek Block 5, which hails from a volcanic basalt hill that one might guess lies within Carneros (although it's just outside the AVA boundary). To say that this tastes much more expensive is an understatement; this sustainably-grown gem has concentration of blue/black fruits, a judicious lick of new oak and a structure that we find lacking in many allegedly "premier" Napa Cabs. 2015 was the height of the drought in Napa, and we've tasted more than a few problematic, angular and way-too-tannic wines from this vintage...and we rate this lovely, value-packed wine much more highly. In fact, it's a star regardless of vintage!