Smells and tastes just great, with all the hallmarks of an important Napa Cabernet. It’s rich in blackberries, black currants, cassis and minerals. Near- perfect tannins and a tasteful overlay of sweet oak add textural complexity. For all that, the wine feels young and brusque. It wants 6–7 years of age to begin to strut its stuff. Open after 2012.
The winery vineyard, located in the lower reaches of Diamond Mountain, has produced a very dense, young Cabernet of great integrity. It’s attractive now for its bold, rich flavors of new oak-infused black currants, cherries, cassis and sweet herbs, but the tannins are fairly sharp. Give it 3 or 4 years to soften, and the wine should develop for several more years…
Aromas of black cherries and Stanley plums combine with dark-chocolate and tea scents to create a rich bouquet. Shows good depth on the palate, before some serious tannins clamp down on the finish. Fortunately the tannins are soft and ripe; this is one of the rare California Merlots that require cellaring. Try in 2003.