A mighty good Zin that shows again how beautifully Napa Valley can ripen this difficult variety. Made from the winery’s St. Helena estate vineyard, this wine has the classic structure of a fine Cabernet, but with Zin’s plummy, wild berry and spice flavors.
Silky smooth, with velvety tannins that support a fine blend of plum, cherry, spice, herb and anise flavors. The wine is complex and seductive; Securely one of the best Sangiovese wines to come out of California yet.
Rich and ripe, with lush black cherry and plum flavors, hints of sage, chocolate and smoke, all couched in toasty sweet oak highlighted by herbs and spice. A powerhouse that’s long on the finish.
A distinguished wine, but a very young one whose tannins dominate. The flavors are myriad and complex, ranging from currants and cherries through anise and plum sauce to the smoky cedar of the oak barrels in which it was aged. Drink now, with decanting, and through 2012. Cabernet, Sangiovese, Merlot, Syrah.
Quite a good wine. It’s luscious in creamy flavors of blackberries, cherries and toast, and also beautifully balanced. You feel the elegant interplay of oak, tannins and acidity. Should develop over the next 6–8 years.
There is a ton of black pepper flavor in this stylish blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Sangiovese, Merlot and Syrah. It also bears notes of licorice, sweet red currants, grilled prosciutto and sandalwood. This tastes so rich that it almost seems sweet, but it’s actually dry and balanced.