Made from 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, this wine was grown in the Vaca Mountains above the Silverado Trail, within the Rutherford AVA. It’s very dry and very tannic, making it undrinkable now. Yet it has a potent core of blackberries and black cherries, and is classically structured. Seems to have everything it needs for the cellar. 2012–2018.
Made in a lean, elegantly structured manner, with modulated coffee, violet and mineral notes to the sour cherry candy fruit. Quite tannic, too, with a zesty bite of acidity. A bit austere and shut down now, and should slowly develop bottle softness and complexity after 2013.
A good Cabernet, but outclassed in a flight by its more concentrated and attractive competitors. Taste too fruity, in a jammy sense, and over-oaked, showing lots of upfront vanilla extract and buttered toast. Could well develop bottle character after 2012, but it’s a dice throw.
This area of central Rutherford is far better known for Cabernet. Sauvignon Blanc is rare. This is a pretty good one. Not great, because it’s compromised by some unripe, green, stalky flavors. But it’s very dry and crisp, and you’ll find enough lemons and limes to satisfy.