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Napa Valley

2021 Lithology

Napa Valley

Cabernet Sauvignon


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Released — February 1st, 2024

96 points

This gorgeous wine offers immense drinking pleasure from the first whiff to the last drop. A host of blackberry, blueberry, and black cherry fruit appears on the nose and palate. The tannins are impressively polished, and the finish is long and mineral-rich.

— Johnathan Cristaldi, Decanter

Tasting Notes

The Lithology Napa Valley presents with a dark garnet color saturated to the rim with variegated red hues. On the nose, this Cabernet charms your senses with aromas of coffee, tobacco, and both red and black fruit all balanced with just a hint of oak. The mouthfeel is bright and showcases a frame of acidity hung with flavors of cocoa, cranberry, and candied raspberries. There’s a base herbaceousness of sage, and fresh black olive tapenade leading to an elegant and almost mouthwatering finish of shadows of salinity and savory notes on fine tannins which seem to linger for just the right amount of time.


Matt Sands

Matt Sands is a New Zealand native who traded winemaking on New Zealand’s tiny Waiheke island for Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon in 2013, and hasn’t looked back. After learning the ins and outs of winemaking, doing every job from pruning to sales at a small, family owned winery on Waiheke, Matt landed in Napa Valley at Screaming Eagle, where he honed his expertise in Cabernet Sauvignon and met winemaker Maayan Koschitsky. Matt is constantly inspired by Napa Valley’s range of terroirs, and loves creating a tangible product from the Valley’s harvests each year. He joined Lithology as winemaker in 2015, and has since expanded his repertoire beyond Cabernet Sauvignon and into other grape varieties for our Waypoint wines. Matt believes the best wines are supremely enjoyable even in their youth and strives to craft Cabernets that are well balanced and nuanced. To achieve this goal in the cellar, Matt uses an incredibly light touch to accent the beautiful variations of Cabernet Sauvignon from some of Napa’s finest vineyards. Rather than making wine with a recipe, Matt treats each lot of grapes like a unique individual, delicately coaxing out maximum nuance and finesse so each wine is incredibly drinkable. He takes the same approach with Waypoint. allowing each vineyard site to shine.