Punch Insiders are cordially invited to celebrate the release of Punch 2012. This marks the first vintage of Punch made with all five red Bordeaux varieties - like the premier crus of Bordeaux and the top echelon of Napa Valley wines. To celebrate, we will offer Punch Insiders a taste of each variety, each an excellent example of its kind from Spring Mountain. Come experience for yourself the different flavors of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, Malbec, and Merlot of the highest order.
Saturday, September 13, 5-7:30pm
574 Montgomery Street, Napa, CA 94559
Casual attire. BYO barbecue.
The official release ceremony will be held at 5:45pm. Punch 2012 will be available for purchase, along with pre-release Proof Chardonnay 2013 and Pinot Noir 2013. Yum.
Reserve your place at firstname.lastname@example.org. Entrance is priceless. $10 per bottle sold will be donated to Vine Village, a Napa home for special adults with special needs.
By Insiders, For Insiders
Punch Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon is made by a small group of Napa Valley artisans whose careers were built producing top-rated wines for prestigious vintners. We got used to sipping from the golden chalice, all in a day’s work – reserve blending trials, “aging checks” of library vintages, and of course comparative tastings of Napa Valley’s best. To monitor quality in more real life settings – like our back decks – we raided the occasional bottle from the QC lab. Or better yet, from the “secret” Public Relations stash. Then, we traded our booty with friends at other wineries. Yet, we could not afford to buy the wines we created!
Oneday, in an oddly practical moment, we realized, “Hey, why not use our know-how and insider network to make a great wine that we and our friends can actually buy.” The “who’s who” of some of our group must remain a trade secret, but here we are… Punch Vineyards. For our mascot, we chose Punch the California Grizzly. We like to think of him as tough but playful – with an uncanny sense of taste.
Our goal is to make the best Cabernet Sauvignon we can that is affordable for an average Saturday night. Punch Cab is a smart choice, offered by industry insiders, utilizing hush-hush vineyard gems and savvy winemaking. Our business plan is simple: we’ve been around the block. If we like it, you probably will, too.
Punch Peoples' Reviews
“I can always tell Punch in blind tastings. It is my favorite.” - Steve, Costa Mesa, CA
“Bright, concentrated fruit, gentle tannins, excellent finish. Only $35?” - Kristine, St. Helena, CA
"Great!" - David, Boca Raton, FL
“Fantastic! Count me in next time for 2 cases!” – Dane, Reno, NV
"A hands-down exceptional value." – On Line Retailer
“EDITORS CHOICE. 91 POINTS. Much of the fruit for this wine comes from Napa’s Mount Veeder, with additions from neighboring Sonoma County and other unidentified statewide sources. Even so, this shows a Napa-esque flair, bearing softly ripe blackberry and cassis flavors, with balance and richness. – Wine Enthusiast, October 2012
“Thinking man’s Cabernet. Yummy.” – Wine Retailer, Orange County, CA
"You have another winner. We were very taken by it." - Wine Retailer, San Francisco
Punch 2008 Tokalon-Eastridge
“90 POINTS. Pleasantly rustic, with gritty tannins and a chewy texture woven among a tight mix of loamy earth, dried currant and dried flowers, firming on the finish. Best from 2013 through 2024.” - Wine Spectator, October 15, 2012