Notable for its ripe, complex blackberry and cassis flavors, this beautiful Cabernet’s oak overlay adds rich, balanced notes of buttered toast and caramel. Particularly likeable is the acidity, which makes all this richness lively and clean. Should age through the next 6–8 years, at least.
Cabernets from this famous vineyard have varied in quality over the years, across multiple brands, but this new release is a winner, continuing Brion’s streak of success. It’s soft, luscious and instantly drinkable now for its gentle tannins. The flavors are of milk chocolate, blackberry essence, black currant and smoky cedar.
Here’s a beautifully structured young Cabernet, blended with a little Merlot, that has turned soft and generous enough after five years to drink now. Yet it shows a complex depth that will enable it to age for a few more years. It is, in a word, delicious, with black currant, black cherry pie, orange zest, cocoa and spicy, smoky oak nuances.
At the age of four-plus years, this Cab still tastes young and fresh, as though it were bottled yesterday. Brims with ripe blackberries, cherries, cocoa and cedar, with a nice cut of acidity and ultrarefined tannins. Not quite ready for prime time, so give it 3–5 years to mellow.