Dramatic, powerful flavors of blackberries and cassis liqueur explode in this wine—the classic markers of great Cabernet Sauvignon. At the same time, it shows softly refined tannins that make it firm but drinkable now. With a long, spicy finish, it shows considerable complexity. Best now; it will gradually lose fruit for another 6–7 years.
There’s plenty to say about this blue-chip Chard—all of it good. Start with the toasty, pear-filled, creamy nose that turns nicely bready. Next is the smooth, round, weighty palate. If you like a long, complex finish, this has it. Overall, a special wine that’s solid as a rock, with lots of personality.
This bottling has got to be one of the most seriously underpriced Cabs in California. What you get is a firmly structured, tannic, complex 100% Cabernet, rich in currants and oak, that can proudly stand on the best table. Will take some age, too. Best now through 2012.
This is a limited production 100% Cab from the winery’s estate vineyard. It’s much more tannic than Cohn’s extraordinarily fine ’04 Estate, which was released a year ago. Even at the age of five-plus, it stings with sandpapery astringency. Should easily negotiate the years, with its massive core of blackberries, black currants, olives and 100% new oak. Hold until…
Intense, almost jammy black-currant fruit plays a deep bass to toasty, smoky, vanilla oak. Layered and rich, with bitter chocolate notes on the long finish. Number this among the kings of Sonoma Cabernet.
This is serious Cabernet at a reasonable price from a consistent vineyard and producer. It has pretty black-currant and cherry aromas, and a vibrant, fruity delicacy reminiscent of sweet ripe cherries. Rounds off with a spicy, dry finish. Lots of personality and terroir. Almost always one of the top Cabs out of Sonoma County.
Classy dark-berry fruit with nicely integrated oak, graham cracker and cedar-menthol accents comprise the inviting bouquet. Even in its presently compressed and tight state it shows a lovely mouthfeel with blackberry and chocolate notes. An even, tannic finish with coffee and spice notes closes things out. Hold until 2003.
This is a shameless palate-flatterer. It’s flamboyant in sweet cassis, dark chocolate, spiced rum and oaky flavors, with easy tannins. A little too soft for the long run, but decadently delicious now.