A terrific Cabernet that gives all the richness and opulence you expect in an expensive Napa Cab, yet controls it with firm tannins, acidity, minerals and earthiness. Explosive in blackberry and cherry-pie filling and chocolate granola-bar flavors that are so delicious, you can’t stop reaching for another glass. The grapes come 100% from the winery’s Atlas Peak…
Rich and flashy, from the get-go. It’s dry and smooth, with fierce tannins giving a hit of astringency to the ripe, oaky black currant and crème de cassis flavors. Give it five years in the cellar to start to mellow.
Bialla has held back this 2008 for release nearly a year after the lovely 2009. The wine is soft, complex and drinkable now, with blackberry jam and oak flavors, but it’s definitely high in alcohol, which gives it a cellar-limiting heat.