This fabulous wine stuns in every respect. It’s sweet in black currant, plum, mocha and oak flavors, yet retains a balanced dryness. A stiff backbone of acidity provides life and zest, but the intricate tapestry of tannins has a soft, aged feel. Voluptuous in the mouth; will age and likely improve beyond 2010.
Forward aromas of ripe cherries and deep vanillin oak meld nicely. Black plum, sweet cherry and coffee flavors, with cedar accents. The very full, supple mouthfeel is captivating. Shows fine length, spicy dry tannins and the stuffing to last. Hold four or more years, as it will keep for ages.
What a great job Mitch Cosentino does with Bordeaux varieties. This one continues the tradition. Rich and dramatic in cassis, cherry and toast, this balanced wine has smooth, polished tannins and a long finish. Remarkably good now, it should develop for many years.
Cosentino is one of Napa’s most consistent Cabernet producers. The CE2V, a vineyard bottling, always shows vintage variation. Based on Cabernet Sauvignon, the ’02 is a great success, immensely rich in concentrated cassis fruit, and totally dry. The tannins are extensive, but soft and complex in the modern style. This is a wine to drink now and over the next 15 years.
A briary, full-throttle wine with a ripe, appealing nose. Plenty of bright, forward fruit; strawberry preserves and raspberry jam pleasantly mingled with cocoa and toast. Wonderful spicy highlights of cinnamon and allspice. This one is really something, with exceptionally jammy fruit, great balance, and alcohol (13.8%) right where it should be.
Size matters in this massively structured, hugely fruity wine, with oak to match. The fruits are tropical, with the deeply spicy, intense flavors of mango, guava, and pineapple. Lees complexes but doesn't overwhelm, while the well-charred oak frames it all in toast, vanilla and sweet tannins. It demands big, fancy foods.
Only 350 cases were made of this expensive wine, grown on the wineryÕs estate. ItÕs really very fne. Takes advantage of the vintageÕs ripeness, overrunning with plush berry flavors, and itÕs also notable for the velvety texture and complexity of the tannins. ItÕs not an ager, but flatters with the extravagance of youth.
Here’s a flamboyant, oaky wine that pushes it all to the limit. You can taste the sappy ripeness in the black currant flavors that have a sweet, pecan pie decadence. Dry, with luxuriously soft, fine tannins and perfectly fine acids, this is a real crowd pleaser.