From renowned winemaker Heidi Barrett. Napa Cabs don’t get much better than this. Aromas of black currant, cassis and oak; quite smoky and elegant. Huge fruit, vibrant and intense, with waves of currant and blackberry and plum. Voluptuous and soft, ultrarefined. Amazing tannins, profound and fine at once.
Flashy oak and deep, pure blackcurrants show from the first whiff, and the purple color stains the sides of the glass in this wine with enough glycerine to float the Sixth Fleet. Doesn’t disappoint on the palate, with ripe blackberry flavors and gorgeous, velvety tannins. Closes long, with a sweet, richly-fruited finish. Cellar Selection.
This Cab is so good, you’ll want to drink it now, but it should age well for a decade. Rich and delicious in ripe black cherry, blackberry, cassis and chocolate, and well-oaked, it’s aided by firm tannins and good acidity.
Has the usual mid-Napa aromas of cassis, smoke and oak. Flavors are similar, ripe and fruity, verging on jammy. But the tannins are ultrasoft and creamy, yet complex and lacy. Provides sheer pleasure now or you can age it. From consulting winemaker Heidi Barrett.
Fairly heavy and full, with a powerfully spicy and chocolaty nose. Dark-fruit and herb tastes are accented by a strong shot of coffee from the oak. The finish is tannic and drying, with more of that coffee and also some notes of licorice. Perfectly chunky, in the Napa/Oakville style.
Even at six-plus years, and despite its origin in superstar grower’s Beckstoffer’s vineyards, this Cab has an imbalanced sweetness. The sugariness of the blackberry flavors accentuates the tannins, making them awkward and sharp. Not going anywhere, so drink up.