Has all the hallmarks of a young, ageable Cabernet, and should develop well due to the inherent balance and class. Right now, oak sticks out. But underneath are ripe blackberry, black currant and chocolate flavors, wrapped into a very fine, classic structure. Better after 2012.
Tastes and feels like all the parts are very good. The tannins are polished, the fruit is ripe and complex, the oak is elaborate, and there’s a nice bite of acidity in the background. The blackberry, black currant, carob and cedar flavors are enticing and dry. But this wine is too young. It has a youthful rudeness that demands 5–7 years in the cellar. The score…
Superb focus and strength throughout. A brawny, full-bodied Napa-style Merlot that’s so well balanced it’s seamless. If you like lots of black fruit, texture, depth and something to chew on a little, this is it. Tons of fun to drink; something to warm cool evenings.
Delivers almost everything you could ask for from a California Merlot. Plenty of plush, opulent fruit (blackberry and currant) and high-quality oak, and it tastes terrific. It has that pinpoint, laser-like quality you find in good wine. It’s also very tannic: It numbs the palate and dries out on the finish, so it’s best now with rich, fatty meats or age it and let…
I liked Markham’s 2002 Merlot, but this reserve, with which it was co-released, is on a higher plane. It’s grittier in tannins and oakier, and shows all sorts of fruit, herb, spice and oak complexities. Overall, a softly balanced, dry red wine to showcase fine culinary efforts.
This is bone dry, with plenty of acidity and tough tannins. It’s not offering much relief, despite an evident core of blackberries, currants and cherries. Those tannins really lock the palate down, like a sandpaper straitjacket on the tongue. But you have to consider its origin in Yountville, a cool area noted for ageable wines. It hould begin to resolve its…
Good price for a Cabernet Sauvignon this complex and rewarding. Grown in the cool Yountville area, the wine brims with fresh acidity, brisk tannins and ripe, pure flavors of blackberries and black cherries. It has a degree of elegance and finesse that make it especially recommendable.