Owner/Winemaker Phillipe Langner brings his French Bordeaux style to this excellent, and fine-value, Napa Cabernet. Bordeaux-like nose of black currant, Maduro cigar and dark chocolate. Taste black cherry, black truffle, wheat toast, black raspberry. Pleasing, food-friendly, savory finish of earth & fruit. Hesperian produces small lots Cabernet Sauvignon wines from various appellations of the Napa Valley to showcase terroir. The wines are produced with extreme attention to detail both in the vineyards and in the cellar. The wines are precise, pure, delicious and age-worthy. They focus on finding unique vineyard sites with soils, climate and aspects ideal for growing exquisite wine grapes, and supervise viticultural practices very closely. In the winery gentle handling, minimal intervention, and strict monitoring of the wine allow the grapes to speak for themselves.
Anatomy No 1 is crafted for earlier consumption but it still has enough structure to age a few years. It is meant to be fun, joyful and delicious. Anatomy No1 took birth in 2006. Having trained in Bordeaux, Phillipe learned to love blending and appreciate the added complexity one can obtain.
After Philippe started making more wines for Sullivan Vineyards in 2006, he decided to create a label in the same spirit as the Red Ink second label he fashioned for Sullivan. When he went out on his own and founded Hesperian, he created Anatomy.
He says he initially wanted to call it Antidote but the TTB “had a very strong negative reaction to it and told me over three pages why I couldn’t do it.” Thus, he called it Anatomy because “we sometimes use anatomical descriptors like legs, backbone … to describe wines.
Langner wanted to make a wine that was delicious, ready to drink rapidly, was varietally correct, and more importantly – affordable. “I much prefer people drink my wines then collect them”, he says.
At the moment Philippe is only making a Napa Cabernet Sauvignon but he plans to introduce more varieties in subsequent vintages.
“Hesperian” comes from Greek mythology. Hesperides were nymphs who tended the queen-god Hera’s westernmost garden that produced golden apples, including the apple which Eris, the goddess of discord, presented as a wedding gift. That apple became the origin of the 10-year Trojan War. Today, “Hesperian” means anyone living in the West. It also references Venus, the western evening star.
Deep ruby color; cherry, blackberry, oak on the nose; cherry, plum, dark fruits, oak and vanilla, leather, earth on the palate.
Dry; seriously bold with moderate tannins and balancing acidity. Smooth while rich and bold, especially after decanting. Decanting strongly recommended. Definitely made in Bordeaux style. Medium body.