2019 Alpha Omega ERA Red

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2019 Alpha Omega ERA Red

Jeb Dunnuck 97
Wine Advocate 96
Wine Enthusiast 95
  • S$66988

Vintage: 2019

Country: USA

Region: Napa Valley

Appelation: Rutherford

About Winery

Established in 2006, Alpha Omega’s mission is to create artisanal wines drawing on Old World vineyard handcrafted practices and emphasis on unique terroir driven characteristics that reveal a sense of place combined with New World technology and science.

The winery, located on the Rutherford Bench in the heart of Napa Valley, exudes the utmost experience of hospitality in an authentic place reflective of the Napa Valley farming community. Presenting world-class wines in a convivial setting remains just as paramount to vintners Robin and Michelle Baggett today as when they opened the winery’s doors on July 1, 2006.

Alpha Omega boasts a picturesque setting, highlighted by views of its landmark water fountains and reflecting pond, stunning vineyards and the statuesque Mayacamas Mountains. The breathtaking scenery makes for the perfect backdrop to enjoy the handcrafted wines made with grapes from prized, historic vineyards by Alpha Omega’s talented winemaking team.

A warm staff of well-trained wine educators, the postcard-worthy setting and the modern farm-style architecture of the winery on Napa Valley’s famous Highway 29, paired with beautiful wines was the intentional vision the Baggetts conceived when they toured the valley in 2005 searching for a property to purchase to open their first winery together. To create an estate comparable to the finest in the valley, the Baggetts took on the project in the same fashion that helped them achieve success in other fields — Robin as an attorney, grape grower and vintner in San Luis Obispo and Michelle as an international hotel interior designer later becoming a hospitality marketing and communication professional and branding whiz. Creating the brand name Alpha Omega in 2005 predestined their ambition to craft the ultimate winery experience from beginning to end. Today, Alpha Omega is honored that its estate is considered one of the top wineries in the region.

When it came to building its brand, Alpha Omega spared no expense. There were no limits for the starry-eyed vintners who aimed to bring their vision to fruition. Several months into negotiations for the property, Sir Peter Newton of Newton Vineyards suggested to the Baggetts that they talk to his winemaker and assistant winemaker about joining their new winery project. This team together had excelled at making award-winning wines for Newton Vineyards in Napa Valley and left to do the same for Alpha Omega.

The Baggetts’ relationships in the valley afforded them the opportunity to procure the best grapes from prized vineyards throughout the top AVAs of Napa Valley — most notably Thomas Vineyard in Rutherford, Beckstoffer To Kalon in Oakville, Beckstoffer Georges III in Rutherford, Beckstoffer Dr. Crane and Beckstoffer Las Piedras in St. Helena, Stagecoach in Atlas Peak, Drew Vineyard in Mount Veeder and Sunshine Valley in the Oak Knoll District.


Alpha Omega is a boutique wine producer in Napa Valley's Rutherford AVA, founded in 2006. Alpha Omega sources grapes from all over the Napa Valley, producing both single-vineyard and blended wines from varieties like Cabernet SauvignonChardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc.

The flagship offering from Alpha Omega's wine portfolio is Era, a blend of mostly Cabernet Sauvignon that is complimented with Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Era as a label name is derived from the "new era of winemaking" concept that combines New World and Old World production techinques in the winery. It is blended from the the finest vineyards and barrel selections 

Additionally, Alpha Omega produces Chardonnay sourced from CarnerosCoombsville, and Calistoga, as well as Sauvignon Blanc designed to emulate a Bordeaux Blanc to name a few. 

The estate has very few vines on the property, most of which are planted to the popular Rutherford variety, Sauvignon Blanc. Instead, Alpha Omega sources fruit from top vineyards across the Napa Valley. This includes several single-vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay wines from Beckstoffer Vineyards including Dr. Crane, Georges III, Las Piedras and the famed To Kalon.

Prior to established Alpha Omega in 2006, founders Michelle and Robin Baggett also established the Tolosa Winery in San Luis Obispo in 1998. Today, this brand falls under the Alpha Omega Collective joining Perinet, a Priorat DOC producer of red varietal wines in Spain

97 points Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark The flagship 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon ERA checks in as 88% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Cabernet Franc, 4% Petit Verdot, and the rest Malbec that spent 20 months in 70% new French oak. A gorgeously pure nose of cassis, blueberries, violets, tobacco, and sandalwood give way to a perfectly balanced, full-bodied, layered 2019 that has great tannins, ample mid-palate depth, and a great, great finish. This classic Napa Valley Cabernet does everything right and never puts a foot wrong, showing fabulous complexity, perfect balance, solid structure, and the class to evolve for 30 years or more. 97+ (JD) Inner quote mark (3/2022)

96 points Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon ERA delivers evocative notes of crème de cassis, plum preserves and wild blueberries with touches of tobacco leaf, pencil lead, clove oil and lilacs, plus a hint of crushed rocks. Full-bodied, taut and muscular with exquisitely ripe, fine-grained tannins and bold freshness to support tightly wound flavors, it finishes long and perfumed. 96+ (LPB) Inner quote mark (10/2021)

95 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark A bold, beautiful blend of Cabernet Sauvignon with smaller amounts of Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec, this is a serious, structured and complex wine. Mostly barrel-fermented and given 20 months in mostly new oak, it is rich, velvety and earth, with hints of dried herb, sage, cedar and tobacco that build around a core of black cherry and plum. Grippy, it will do well in the cellar; enjoy best 2029–2039. *Cellar Selection* (VB) Inner quote mark (5/2022)


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