The Napa Valley Reserve

This is decanted Napa Valley Reserve 2008, the remainder of a bottle we had already tasted ... and it's a truly incredible cabernet. Essentially the same wine as Harlan Estate cabernet that sells from $250 - $500 per bottle, Napa Valley Reserve is available exclusively to members of The Napa Valley Reserve for only about $100 the bottle.

A one of a kind private wine club for truly serious oenophiles, The Napa Valley Reserve has an invitation-only membership; I am personal friends with the Director and am happy to make an introduction for you.  This club is not for everyone - there is a one-time membership fee of $175,000 which also gets you your own exclusive row of grapes if you want to be hands-on in growing and harvesting your own grapes. Annual dues, including the purchase of a minimum six cases of wine per year (72 bottles), total about $10,000. At the end of your 30 year membership, your membership fee is returned to you. But enough about the commercial aspects of membership fees.

The Napa Valley Reserve is a private club for people truly serious about great food and wine. With 36,000 square feet of event space, members can have their events hosted at the Club (and catered by Meadowood). There is a schedule of events taking place all year round, and members stay right next door at Meadowood Napa Valley. But the whole point is that only Members have access to this incredible cabernet. You even have the privilege of developing your own custom blend and label. There is a minimum commitment of six cases per year (and you can split your purchase between cabernet and sauvignon blanc).

vines at The Napa Valley Reserve

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