One of the better Napa Valley Chardonnays out there. The fruit was sourced from various parts of the valley. Fruity richness is balanced with clean, zesty acidity, and the overlay of 50% new oak is just fine. Shows vanilla cream, pineapple, mango and lime flavors, with a pretty minerality.
Few Cabs on earth are riper than this, with its enormous flavors of black currants, cherry-pie filling, plum jam and chocolate that overwhelm the mouth with decadence. It’s modern in tannins, which are soft and finely ground, and opulent in smoky, spicy new oak. It is, in short, the very model of a Napa cult Cab.
An inaugural wine from the Palmaz family and winemaker Randy Dunn. Massive, huge, all currant, cassis and cherry fruit, with an elaborate overlay of smoky oak. The bigtime tannins are thick but softly sweet. Drink now through 2008.
A textbook, modern Napa Cabernet that offers plenty of varietal pleasure, with blackberry, cassis, chocolate and oak flavors liberally framed in fine sweet oak, and wrapped into luxurious tannins. A little too obvious in its charms, but it could surprise down the road.
I liked the winery’s 2001, although it was quite tannic, but this isn’t in the same league. This vintage is also numbingly tannic, maybe even more so, but the core of fruit that charmed a year ago isn’t there, leading to questions about ageability. If you’re a gambler, cellar it for six years and see what’s up.
Deliciously drinkable now, with very dry but ripely opulent flavors of black currants, cherry marmalade, mocha, root beer and caramelized oak. Could have greater structure and a longer finish, but lovely with a charbroiled steak.
Palmaz has struggled to break into the top ranks, and this 2006 does not advance their cause. It smells funky and vegetal, although it turns fairly rich in the mouth, with cherries, red licorice, cocoa and cedar. Doesn’t seem likely to improve over time.