The Wonderland Project No 9 2019

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Wonderland’s Nº 9 Cabernet is a story about access. From the winery’s access to top vineyards on Atlas Peak, to our scoop on this rare Napa Cabernet—most years only sold to world-class restaurants—this bottle is all about who knows whom. Luckily for you, we know the right people.

Historically, the easiest ways to enjoy The Wonderland Project’s Nº 9 Napa Cabernet were either to buy a bottle straight from the winery, or dine at The French Laundry.

This is the sort of bottling we’d expect from Ahern, one of the best-connected guys on the Los Angeles sommelier scene. Matt sources the fruit from high-altitude, secret-to-the-rest-of-the-world vineyards in Atlas Peak, using connections that he built over his years as a go-to guy for allocated and rare wines. 

The primary vineyard site has been organically farmed since 2004, and the wine shows off the concentration and power of fruit grown at 1600 feet of elevation. A bit of new oak for 17 months contributes a silky mouthfeel and adds a hint of spice, then the wine is bottled unfined and unfiltered to preserve the flavor and impact of Atlas Peak’s terroir.

While this Cab is an ode to the traditional, rugged California wines of the 60’s and 70’s, this next-gen winemaker utilizes organic grape growing and minimal intervention to infuse new-school practice. Sourced from three Atlas Peak vineyards and foraged from volcanic soil and alluvial loam, the result is bold, beautiful, smooth, and dry.