Leather and tree bark add spiciness to the deep nose. Blackberry fruit dominates the mouth, but there are red-fruit nuances, some pepper and licorice, and also a good dose of minerals and earth making things interesting. It’s big yet refined, and avoids any shrillness.
Pretty much a copy of last year, maybe a tad less opulent, this is a soft, balanced Cabernet that shows off Oakville’s supreme ability to ripen fruit and tannins. It’s a gentle, thoroughly dry wine, rich in black currant, cherry and mocha flavors, with a nice cut of acidity. Best in its youth, but should hold for 10 years.
Made by Heidi Barrett, a gracefully soft, impressively balanced wine, with ripe, almost sweet cassis, cherry and cocoa flavors. Sure is easy to drink, but also has the structural harmony to hang in there for up to 10 years.