(2010 Vintage) Old World in style, this wine combines the effortless weight of a Bordeaux with a lithe, luxurious mouth feel. Sumptuous aromas of toffee, caramel, mocha, pain grille, and cocoa give way to multifaceted layers of boysenberry and blackberry liqueur, roasted bittersweet herbs, graphite, and a lingering floral essence.
Appellation America(2002 Vintage) This is only the third Cabernet made by this producer, a longtime grower in the underappreciated Chiles Valley appellation of the Napa Valley. And what a beautifully balanced and delicious wine it is. I say beautifully balanced, in spite of the listed alcohol being a high 15.4%. Tasting it on a hot early June morning (at temperatures which one is loathe to drink any sort of red), I had no idea of the alcohol content, but loved the wine nevertheless. Winemaker David F. Brown, whose family owns the 40-acre estate, did a wonderful job integrating the alcohol, as well as the fine-grained tannins and gorgeous read more...fruit. The latter comes from Brown’s 8 ½ acres of Cabernet that is located in the eastern hills well inland of the Silverado Trail and above Rutherford. The grapes derive from two different blocks that add brightness and good acidity to this 100 percent Cabernet; as well as from the Terraces Vineyard, also on the Trail in Rutherford. The whole adds up to a wine that is both powerful and restrained all at once. Drink it now or hold onto it for 10 years or so. The wine was aged for 23 months in 50 percent new French oak and there were only 1,866 cases produced. I know at $72 it’s a bit pricey, but if you can afford it, this is one to try to get a hold of. (hide)
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines(2002 Vintage) Rating: 90/100 - As reviewed by Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines on Apr-06.
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines(2001 Vintage) Rating: 89/100 - As reviewed by Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines on Aug-06