93 Insider Points
If Beer Built the Pyramids, Imagine What Cab Would've Done.
Have you seen 1999's The Mummy? It's fantanstic. One of the greatest Action-Fantasy films of our time. It's even better with a wine meant for the pharaohs. Ankh's 2012 Cabernet is like a gift from Rah.
The wine opens with a deep nose of milk chocolate & cherry. Dark chocolate envelops fig and black currants on the palate, and the smooth complexity rolls through to the finish with fresh tobacco leaf, raw chocolate and plum. A full bodied cab fit for the Pharaoh (or any Cab lover). Drinking great now through 2020.
93 Points - JZ November '17
Napa Valley, California
$0 SHIPPING Selection (6+/btls)
A modern wine that speaks to your inner Egyptologist? Oh yes, this bottle invites some good music and nearly-deep thinking. Cabernet from Napa’s most prestigious regions shines deep purple with aromas of black cherries, black olive, mint, and cool earth. It’s rich enough to lose yourself in, sturdy enough to lift you back out, and so smooth that it smooths the rough edges of an unsolved mystery.
Why we love it:
- Ankh rose to fame in 2007 as their prestigious, award-winning wines came to the forefront. Founders Mark El-Tawil and Scott Ptacek know a thing or two about wine. Enthusiasts turned wine professionals, they walked into the wine world like weathered pros. They named their new venture for an ancient Egyptian saga. After the rath of Ra washed over mankind (failure to obey the rules), the benevolent Hathor saved humanity. Each August Egyptians celebrate their reprieve, and each August a new vintage of Ankh is released to celebrate the same.
- Fruit from Rutherford, Coombsville, and Atlas Peak grace this glorious glass. After 2 years in French Oak Barrels and a year of bottle aging, the power of this fruit is unleashed into the market. It’s a small flood, only 200 cases made.
- With so little made and virtually none for sale on the market, you may be wondering how we came across such a gem. Well, our sourcing team are ferocious history hounds with a thirst for outstanding Cab. They know a good find and fell hard for this thought-provoking bottle of mythical proportions.
Insider tip: Sure, this wine is drinking beautifully right now. But for the patient, a more precious treasure awaits. Bury it deep in your wine closet for 5 or so years, uncover, uncork, and enjoy the multi-faceted beauty of newfound complexity.
The color of the wine is a dark purple that stains the glass. On the nose there's aromas of black cherries, black currant, powdered cocoa, black olive, mint, and cool dark earth. Man. I could smell this wine all night. That is a killer nose! In the mouth it's full bodied, has a minerality in its texture, sturdy tannin and a nice acidity. There's flavors of black currant, blackberries, dark chocolate and oak. It finishes with black currant, minerals, and a little heat.
Blend: 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Merlot, 2.5% Petite Verdot, 2.5% Cabernet Franc
Founded in 2007, Ankh Wines is an award-winning vintner of Napa Valley cabernet sauvignon and merlot-based red wine blends. Enthusiastic and unrelenting in our pursuit for quality, we follow these four guiding principles:
We produce only red wines from traditional Bordeaux varietals, primarily cabernet sauvignon and merlot. Anything more would dilute our attention.
We believe that world-class Napa Valley cabernet sauvignon should be attainable for everyone. And at $50 a bottle, both our Ankh cabernet and El Nil red blend are astonishing values.
Wine shouldn’t need to be overpowering to be delicious. But it takes great patience to deliver wine that is nuanced and balanced. To achieve this, we age our wines in French oak for up to 24 months, and then hold them another two years after bottling before releasing them for sale.
We think that quantity is the nemesis of quality, and that by keeping our production extremely limited, we can focus on the little things that make great wines great. Every year, we produce fewer than 250 cases across all of our offerings.
Pair with boldly flavored entrées, aged cheeses or whatever excites your palate.