A wonderful wine, delicious and satisfying, and another great example of the ’07 vintage in Napa. Made of the five classic Bordeaux varieties, it’s full-bodied, dry and richly tannic. The flavors are enormously complex, suggesting blackberries, cassis, olive tapenade and cedar, with a long, sweet finish. Already…— S.H.
An outstanding Pinot, absolutely, decadently good, that combines attributes of the fine vintage with some fine parcels from this celebrated vineyard. Softly lush, it shows fabulous flavors of cherries, red currants, licorice, cola, orange peel, sandalwood and Asian spices, but never loses structural balance and control.— S.H.
Just beautiful, so well-crafted and balanced. With an edge of tannins and acids, could be an ager for a while. Shows a delicate structure, with cherry cola, raspberry, orange peel, vanilla and anise flavors that taste sweetly appealing, but are really bone dry. Now though 2012.— S.H.
A great success that showcases its origins in the rich, sweet tannins that support the well-ripened fruit. Blackcurrants, cassis, white chocolate and oaky vanilla flavors drink extraordinarily deep and long, in this soft wine. It’s almost a dessert, except it’s dry.— S.H.
Paler in color than Miner’s Rosella’s bottling, and more delicately structured, but there’s nothing shy about the flavors. They’re richly intricate, a tapestry of red cherry, cola, rosehip tea, cinnamon, mocha, vanilla and smoky oak. Simply delicious, and so smooth, so fine in the mouth.— S.H.
Great Merlot, one that rises above the ordinary to achieve real distinction. Has aromas and flavors of blackberry, cassis, plum, chocolate, coffee, violets and smoky oak, and drinks dry and smooth. The tannins are wonderfully thick, soft and complex, and the finish impresses with its intensity. So rich, it’s almost…— S.H.
Light in color and clear, this 100% varietal wine from a prime spot in Carneros known better for Pinot Noir and Chardonnay dances in the glass, a celebration of floral violet aromas and faint white pepper. Restrained and elegant, it’s plenty spicy and fresh, finishing with just the right amount of red cherry.— V.B.
This is a good, young Oakville Cabernet, showing the firm tannins and black currant and cassis flavors you get from this splendid part of Napa Valley. Too young to appreciate now, but give it three or four years to begin to come around, and it should develop through 2015.— S.H.