(From 2013 Vintage) The fruit for this wine comes from both our sustainably farmed vineyard in Rutherford, and from local Napa Valley vineyards. Each vineyard block was harvested and made into an individual lot representing that block. The wines were pressed off the skins from 10 to 20 days after crushing. Blending generally takes place between January and April of the year following harvest.
An elegant, balanced Cabernet with flavors of black cherry, plum, and black tea, and hints of nutmeg, allspice, cassis, vanilla, and anise. The broad mid-palate is rich, the finish is long, and the tannins are lush.
Wine Advocate(From 2001 Vintage) Rating: 90/100 - As reviewed in Wine Advocate # 157 on Feb-05
Wine Spectator(From 2001 Vintage) Rating: 88/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 11/15/04
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines(From 2003 Vintage) Rating: 87/100 - As reviewed by Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines on Apr-06
Wine Spectator(From 1997 Vintage) Rating: 88/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines(From 2006 Vintage) Although leading with appealing, medium-deep aromas of ripe currants and forest-floor spice, this bottling wanders just a bit off the track as its likeable fruit loses a step and is passed at the finish by coarsening tannins. To be sure, time is required, and four or five years is the minimum wait, but we would be more comfortable about setting a few bottles aside if it showed a bit more fruity stamina.