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#1 Hottest Wine

Meet the Winemaker, Benoit Touquette

Hailed by experts as one of the best winemakers in the world, French born Touquette leverages his network of exceptional vineyards to create some of the best Napa Valley high-profile wines. 

Having tasted a number of Touquette’s wines over the last year, it is pretty clear he is one of the emerging stars in Napa Valley.

      Antonio Galloni, American wine critic

Six-time 100-point winemaker 

Success doesn’t happen by accident or with ease. Benoit Touquette knew this when he left his hometown in Bordeaux to move to Napa Valley, and he came prepared to do whatever it took to make a name for himself. He never missed a day of harvest. He put in long hours in the cellar. 

He honed his viticultural skills under Andy Erickson at Ovid and Screaming Eagle, and he sharpened his palate through the expertise of his mentor, Michel Rolland — the famed “Flying Winemaker” who has cranked out 100-pointers for the likes of Harlan, Bond, and Araujo.

Since 2012, Robert Parker has awarded Touquette six perfect 100-point scores — acclaim that’s given the impresario the freedom to make wines that he likes to drink. 

Of course, once a winemaker crosses into the realm of triple-digit price tags, it’s not easy to backpedal. For Touquette, this was a challenge he was compelled to accept.

I don't want anything handed to me, I want to take it. It's only when you push yourself to the edge that you find out what you are truly capable of.

      Benoit Touquette

 Our #1 hottest, client-favorite wine

The "dream vintage"

Out of 20,000 wines tasted, only 40 wines made the cut for our Store. And of those, the 2014 Teeter-Totter Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is our #1 hottest, client-favorite wine — a stunning value from Wine Spectator’s 2014 “dream vintage.”

 Six-time 100-point winemaker Benoit Touquette leveraged his network of exceptional vineyard sources from Yountville, St. Helena, Pritchard Hill, and Calistoga to create a Cabernet that could stand shoulder to shoulder with high-priced, high-profile Napa counterparts — for under $100.

True to form, he did it with the release of Teeter-Totter at just $55 per bottle. A few prominent wine directors of 3-Michelin-starred restaurants have their allocation. In-the-know collectors have already laid down cases in their cellars. Don’t be one of those who miss out. 

Robert Parker called this opulent, lip-smacking, black-fruited gem “heady, round” and “hedonistic.”