Massive, dramatic, beautiful, intense, but young and firm in tannins, with a cut of fresh acidity. Shows concentrated blackberries, black currants, violets, minerals and cedar, leading to a long, penetrating finish. Very great Cabernet, vibrant and potent, just tremendous in structure. Potentially a near-perfect wine with 4–6 years in the bottle.
Classic and harmonious, a very solid Napa 100% Cabernet that’s dry and firmly tannic in the mouth. Feels balanced, harmonious, ageworthy, a wine without seams or faults. Fruity, but not overly so, with the blackberries and black currants generously balanced by herbs, minerals and cedar. Very classic and noble wine, and one to cellar through at least 2018.
Another excellent Cabernet from Hestan. It’s riper and juicier than the ’06, showing the babyfat of this famous vintage. But it’s no less complex or ageworthy, just drinkable earlier. Shows concentrated blackberry, black currant, anise, licorice and smoky oak flavors, wrapped into dramatic, thick, firm tannins. Should develop over the next decade and beyond.
Smooth and rich, a flashy Cabernet that impresses for sheer opulence. Notable especially for the texture, with perfectly ripe, rounded tannins, and the blackberry and cassis flavors are very fine. Another success from the fabulous 2007 vintage in Napa Valley.
A dramatic Cabernet that immediately impresses for power and voluptuous texture. Dazzles with waves of blackberries, cassis and chocolate, wrapped into the smoothest tannins you can imagine. Winemaker Thomas Rivers Brown made this lovely 100% Cabernet from fruit grown in a warmer region of the Vaca Mountains. Drink now–2019.
The winery doesn’t tell us where in this gigantic, multi-county region the grapes came from, but it’s quite a good wine. Firm in citrusy acids, with a mineral undertow, it’s a dry, elegant wine with complex notes of pineapples, buttered toast and creamy lees. Lots of oak, but it’s integrated with the fruit.
Hestan only makes this one white wine. Though its beginnings might seem humble, the juice in the bottle surely will change anyone’s mind. This is liquid gold in color, with deep petrol aromas and a note of toasted caramel oak.It’s superbly balanced, with minerality winning the day—especially on the finish. This wine starts out like a California blockbuster but…
Still strong and jammy at the age of four-plus, with fresh blackberry, black currant and spicy oak flavors brightened with zingy acidity. It’s a distinctly New World wine, and a very good one, but it needs a year or three in the cellar to mellow and resolve.