(From 2012 Vintage) The wine is brimming with fruit aromas and flavors biased to the black fruit end of the Cabernet spectrum: plums, blackberry, black currant. Rich and full-bodied on the palate, this Cabernet drinks well on release but will soften and develop with additional age. Comprised of 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, the Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is crafted from grapes grown on our estate hillside vineyards (30%) in conjunction with grapes from other mature, high-quality, low-yielding Napa Valley Cabernet vineyards located on the valley floor. This produces a wine that displays a broad spectrum of aromas, flavors, and textures that Cabernet can show in the Napa Valley. It is aged a total of 18 months in a blend of French and American oak barrels.
Connoisseurs' Guide to California WinesIts rich, almost milk chocolate oak notwithstanding, this wine is far from dominated by that oak, and while it is not boldly fruity, it is reasonably well-balanced with just enough underlying soft-ness to make itself more inviting than not. It comes up just a bit short at the finish, and that minor but evident aspect holds the wine back from higher praise.
Wine SpectatorRating: 90/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 04/08