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Alejandro Bulgheroni

2021 Lithology

Alejandro Bulgheroni

Cabernet Sauvignon

Blended several times very intently by masters of their craft Philippe Melka, Michel Rolland, and Matt Sands, this wine annually is the ultimate expression of our house’s work.


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Released — February 1st, 2024

97 points

Winemaker Matt Sands describes the Alejandro Bulgheroni bottling as “the Burgundian expression of Cabernet,” in that it is a blend of the absolute best fruit from each vintage from Napa’s top vineyards—culled together by winemakers Philippe Melka, Michel Rolland, and Matt Sands and is considered the flagship wine of the Lithology estate. It’s beautifully assembled and is entirely an intellectual wine, with heady, complex dark fruit aromas and flavors, long beams of fine tannins and a panoply of intricate nuances. The raw material includes some of the winery’s finest Beckstoffer Vineyard fruit and estate grapes—lots that could easily be blended into the single-vineyard bottlings with the named vineyard on the label. Nevertheless, here it is, and it’s a wine so brazen and structured, so densely compact that it would be a real shame to pop the cork now. I’ll re-taste this barrel sample in the spring of 2024 when it’s had another six months of bottle age, but even then, I expect it to need more time.

— Johnathan Cristaldi, Decanter

Tasting Notes

Positive, full-bodied, and powerful, there’s the expected dark fruit aromas of blueberry and blackberry syrup from St. Helena Cabernets. There’s a warmth to this wine with holiday spices, ginger, and cinnamon wafting through the glass. Floral notes tease you with an almost potpourri quality with dried roses. An inky black wine, opaque and nearly impenetrable, on the palate you find black cherry, cola, hints of vanilla and baked cherry pie with a touch of stewed strawberries. There’s a warm earthiness to it with just the slightest touch of smoked herbs. Almost indescribable, the silky tannins of this wine lead to an effortless finish that you never want to end. Truly a masterpiece and a magnificent expression of what Alejandro Bulgheroni Estate and Lithology are about.

Consulting Winemaker


Like the celebrated wines on which he has built his reputation, Philippe Melka would be the first to tell you that his career has been primarily influenced by soil. His wines are exalted for their hallmark complexity, texture, and depth of flavor, all while harnessing the unique traits of the fruit from various plots of dirt.