From estate vineyards and winemaker Celia Welch Masyczek, a gorgeous Cabernet with the kind of tannin structure you expect from a great vintage in Napa Valley. Deep, impressive flavors of blackcurrants, but it’s pretty tannic now and requires up to a decade to soften. At today’s prices, this one is a relative bargain.
From this southerly Napa Valley district, a modern field blend of Syrah, Petite Sirah and Cabernet Sauvignon that has some real pedigree and finesse despite its size. It is a big, young, tannic, dry wine, dark in color, with a deep streak of blackberry fruit. It will age.
Fate conspired against this wine. Its cool, southerly Napa location joined up with the inclement harvest to keep ripeness away. The wine is well-oaked, but hard and firm, without the core of fruit needed to age. Disappointing.
If you call your wine “Bad Boy,” you’d better back it up with some bad-ass flavor. This is a nice enough wine, but hardly “bad.” Somewhat candy-like, with cherry cough syrup and spice up front and hints of smoke and licorice on the finish. A bit cloying at the end.