Sweet new oak stands out, giving this Cabernet caramel aromas and flavors. But the oak is perfectly in keeping with the wine’s massive power. Underneath the wood char is a dry, tannic wine with rich blackberry and currant flavors. It’s a bit disjointed now, needing time for everything to mesh together. Could be really something around 2015.
A solid effort: soft, round and polished, with a classic Cab profile. Cherry, cola, blackberry and cedar aromas and flavors have a delicately earthy edge of fresh Provençal herbs. Rich in ripe tannins, with a splash of Merlot, is beautiful now, and should age well for many years.
As ripely fruity and oaky as any Cab out there, offering a flood of blackberries, currants, cherries, raspberries, mocha and sweet, smoky new oak. Yet lifted up by the tannin-inspired structure and a welcome, herbaceous note of olives. Marries the best of the old and new styles, a terrific Cabernet that will develop for 6–8 years.
Layered and complex, this 100% Cab unfolds dramatically in the mouth, offering tiers of cherries, blackberries, currants, plums, mocha, cola and licorice. Turns voluptuously sweet midpalate, then firms up and finishes with tannic intensity. Just 100 cases produced. Best 2010–2016.
A beautiful young Cab that continues Salvestrin’s unbroken track record of the last several years. Dry and rich in tannins, it shows enormously concentrated fruit flavors of currants, blackberries, black cherries, mocha and spice. Gorgeous now, and should improve over the next decade.
If you like an exotic, intriguing nose, here it is: cloves, tobacco, cardamom and cinnamon. Cherries, plums, red currants and anise fill the mouth. It’s a little brisk and racy, but that’s good with all the burly bruisers out there. Balance and an exceptional smoothness bring this one home in very nice shape.
Classic Napa Valley ’01 Cab. Ripe, soft, complex, juicy and delicious, showing upfront black currant, cassis, chocolate and smoky oak, with a caramel richness from well-charred wood. The tannins are deft, lush and sweet. Gets more interesting as it warms up on the table. Try decanting for a few hours.
This is a vigorous young Cab that will reward aging. It’s bright and savory in cherry-berry, herb, new oak and spice flavors, with rich, sweet tannins. Better after 2008 and through 2012.