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JR Wine 2011 The Secret Vineyard Pinot Noir (Fort Ross-Seaview)
You can taste the California sunshine in every sip of this exuberantly fruity Pinot Noir. It’s bursting with juicy raspberries and cherries, with deeper notes of plums, cola and sautéed wild mushrooms. Structurally, it offers smooth, rich tannins and a brisk scour of acidity. It shows the pedigree of Fort…
JR Wine 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon (Rutherford)
One taste is all it takes to know this is a fine, dramatic and important Cabernet, but it’s also an immature one. The tannins leap up and lock down the palate with dusty astringency. The cherry fruit is fresh and primary, almost jammy in its immediate sweetness. There are notes of blackberries and blueberries. All…
JR Wine 2008 George’s Vineyard Zinfandel (Napa Valley)
For the second year running, this bottling is a superb Zinfandel. It’s as rich and ripe as they get, bursting with fresh raspberries, cherries and mocha, and that briary, brambly quality of wild forest nettles. Yet it’s thoroughly dry, with thick, refined tannins. Beautiful now for its effusive fruit, the wine…
JR Wine 2007 George’s Vineyard Zinfandel (Napa Valley)
Big, rich, extracted and just beautiful. It’s a high-octane Zin, with high alcohol and ripe, spicy flavors, making it a classic example of its type. Just massive in blackberries, black cherries, beef teriaki, cola, pepper, Indian spices and sandalwood. Drink this decadently good wine from now–2013.
JR Wine 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon (Rutherford)
This gigantic Cabernet is not showing well now. The tannins are too strong, the fruit too fresh, sweet and direct in blackberries and cherries, the oak too unintegrated with everything else. It’s like a bowl of ingredients that need to be cooked into a recipe. But the structure of tannins and acids is just fine, and…
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JR Wine 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon (Rutherford)
Quite a good young Cab, deeply flavored in red and black currants, plums, chocolate and oak. Has a weight, density and balance that feel important and authoritative. Not an ager, but epitomizes a delicious Napa Cab to drink now.
JR Wine 2009 George’s Vineyard Zinfandel (Napa Valley)
Just delicious. Feels like a modern, cult-style Napa Cabernet, soft and complex and slightly sweet, with tannins so finely ground, it’s drinkable now. The flavors are Cabernet-like also, with blackberries,blueberries, mocha and spices, although its briary, brambly quality is distinctive to Zinfandel.
JR Wine 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon (Rutherford)
A big, classically structured Cab, showing the dusty tannins, herbs and sour red cherry candy flavor of the Rutherford appellation. Should age well for 6–8 years.