David Abreu's 2010 Thorevilos stands apart from all of the other wines in this range for its massive, inky concentration. It is also the last of these wines to be released, which may explain its intense power. A host of graphite, smoke, incense, tobacco, spice and black fruit gradually open up, but the 2010 is a wine for the future. I won't touch another bottle until at least age ten, even though that is almost certainly not going to be enough time to find the wine at its peak of expression. As a set of wines, it is hard to surpass the four cuvees from the estate vineyards of David Abreu.
Abreu vineyards is named after the founder, David Abreu. David Abreu earned his reputation as one of the top vineyard managers in Napa. Abreu followed his father and grandfather in the profession of vineyard management and has worked with countless growers in Napa including:Harlan Estate Colgin Cellars, Staglin Family Vineyards, Blankiet Estate, Bressler Vineyards, Pahlmeyer Vineyards, Sloan Estate, Grace Family and numerous other well-known California wineries. In fact, it’s harder to find a top vineyard in the Napa Valley that David Abreu is not involved with. As of 2011, Abreu controls close to 70 acres of prime, vineyard land in Napa. Abreu Vineyards currently produces 5 wines, Madrona Ranch, Thorevilos, Capella, Howell Mountain and Rothwell Hyde.
All the wines of Abreu Vineyards are California Cabernet Sauvignon based. David Abreu is a perfectionist with all his clients vineyards and his property is no exception. Similar to how Chateau Haut Brion Pessac Leognan picks, Abreu prefers harvesting in the early morning, taking advantage of the cooler temperatures. The fruit is sorted twice, before and the fruit is fermented with whole berries. After malolactic fermentation, the wine is placed in 100% new, French, oak barrels where it remains for two years before bottling. They hold the wine of Abreu Vineyards for an additional two years before offering it to an eager list of customers that purchase directly from him. Another key to the success of Abreu Vineyards is the Brad Grimes, the wine maker of Abreu. It’s the combination of Brad Grimes, David Abreu and the vineyards that produce one of the top wines from Napa. Stylistically, the wine is elegant, balanced and refined, yet it possess copious amounts of perfectly ripe fruit and silky tannins. Big, rich and ripe, but never over the top, this is a great example of what Napa does best.