One of the more seductive Cabs of the vintage, a soft, lithe, fleshy wine oozing opulent flavors. Blackcurrants and cassis, with hints of minty chocolate, are absolutely delicious, while the tannins are as finely grained as they come. It’s the kind of wine you want to drink in the finest crystal you have.
They pulled out all the stops on this white Bordeaux-style Sauvignon Blanc. Sourced from a tiny, high-altitude vineyard and fermented in all new French oak, it’s layered and polished, with savory flavors of peaches, melons, figs, spearmint, smoky vanilla and honey, wrapped into a buttery, creamy texture.
From the minty opening notes to the vivid mid-flavors right through the bright, soaring finish, this wine offers abundant fruit set against a lean, tannic structure. Drinkable now, it will improve with another five to eight years in bottle.
Among the best bottlings of the vintage for this difficult and challenging varietal. Here, the winemaker has captured a rich streak of sweet cherry, coffee, and tobacco flavors. The texture and mouthful are a delight, packing weight but pure and supple. Long, long finish. This is a beautiful table wine.
“Sweet” is the operative word with this wine. In the nose, a certain baked berry pie note mixes with bacon and chocolate. The palate is full of bitter chocolate and sweet black cherry, and the finish is like a shot of vintage Port or Banyuls. —M.S.
Altamura has tackled this extremely difficult wine for years. They’ve settled on a style that’s soft and silky, with complex flavors of cherries, dates, plum skins, cocoa and pepper, and the weight of a Pinot Noir.
Quite a nice wine, dry and soft, with a lush, generous mouthfeel that conveys rich cherry, chocolate and oak flavors. There’s a touch of overripe raisins, and the finish is a bit hot.
Showcases the positive qualities of ’01 Napa Cabs in the well-ripened tannins and ripe cherry and cocoa flavors. Could use more depth and seriousness, but it’s a lovely wine to drink now.