(1999 Vintage) This 1999 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon is a great example of a spectacular vintage. A long, moderate growing season gave us maximum time on the vine that produced intensely flavorful fruit. Our Cabernet Sauvignon was harvested from November fourth to the nineteenth. Just in time to take a break for Thanksgiving! Each Napa Valley vineyard lot was hand-harvested and fermented separately. Hand punching in our small fermentors gave us excellent extraction without aggressive tannins. After several months of barrel aging, we selected our richest lots to be blended for this reserve wine. This final read more...blend was aged in 60 gallon toasted American oak barrels for a total of three years in our cellars in Rutherford. Mother Nature rewarded our patience with a rich, complex wine with hints of black berries, cassis, cinnamon, toasted nuts, and vanilla. The balance is structured yet elegant, leading to a pleasingly lasting aftertaste. Drinking beautifully now, expect this wine to develop for many years to come. (hide)
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines(2005 Vintage) Likeable aromas of ripe cherries, creamy oak and creme de cassis are quickly joined by a faint but evident whiff of angularity, and that edginess reappears in the wine from mid-palate to finish. It might be possible for cellar aging to help the wine overcome its difficulties, but the risks are great.
Wine Spectator(1987 Vintage) Rating: 78/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 02/15/91
Critics Challenge(2000 Vintage) Rating: Critics Challenge 2004 Award - As reviewed by Critics Challenge on 05/01/04. This wine shows good fruit flavors and is well balanced