(From 2011 Vintage) Marnie Old: When we enter the realm of luxury wines like this epic Cabernet Sauvignon from one of Napa's top wineries, we can expect certain sensory characteristics to shift along with the wine's price tag. We tend to find wines of greater depth, power and complexity – and among age-worthy styles, a marked increase in the intensity of their barrel-spice aromatics. Farming for fine wines requires a more artisanal scale where no expense is spared in the pursuit of excellence. Not only do such wines hail from pricier real estate, but the vines are tended by hand and yield smaller quantities of superior fruit. OTHER STYLES WITH SIMILAR PROPERTIES: Premium California Meritage blends; Premium French Bordeaux. FOOD AFFINITIES: Fine dining cuisines & rich sauces; Red meats & game meats; seared & slow-cooked foods; stock-based sauces HOW IT WILL CHANGE WITH FOOD: Will seem drier with sweetness; will seem less tart with saltiness; oak flavors & astringency will soften with smokiness & meatiness; will seem brighter with fat & butter.
Connoisseurs' Guide to California WinesRating: 91/100 - As reviewed by Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines on Mar-06.
Wine SpectatorRating: 88/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 02/28/01.
Wine & SpiritsRating: 94/100 - As reviewed by Wine & Spirits Magazine.