This is an extraordinarily fine Cabernet Sauvignon, easily St. Supéry’s best in memory. It’s made in a completely different style from the prevailing cult model, being fully dry, lower in alcohol, and maintaining a tannic structure framing blackberry and currant flavors that are notably balanced with herbs and tobacco. Will get better and better. Call it…
This rich wine is a great success. It’s enormously rich, almost flamboyant in blackberry jam, blueberry cobbler, anise and smoky new oak, as delicious as any Cabernet out there. Yet it shows a fine structure and relatively modest alcohol, a feature of the 2008 vintage. Good as it is now, you can safely cellar it for the rest of this decade and watch it evolve.
Elu is St. Supery’s Napa Valley Bordeaux blend. Largely Cabernet Sauvignon, with a little Merlot and Petit Verdot, it is really a gorgeous wine. Hard to describe how smooth and rich it feels in the mouth. There’s lots of dusty tannins, rich blackberry essence, cherry fruit and chocolate flavor, and sweet toasty oak. The wine is beautiful now, but it should glide…
There’s a lot of complex, youthful charm in this Cabernet-based wine, which was grown in both of St. Supery’s estate vineyards, Rutherford and Dollarhide. It’s very rich and ripe in blackberries, cassis, blueberries and dark chocolate, with a savory spiciness. This really defines the Napa style, and demonstrates the great success of the 2007 vintage.
Any warm California region can ripen fruit to this degree, resulting in blackberry, cassis and chocolate flavors. But Napa’s special magic concerns the wine’s structure. Here, you’ll find fantastically firm tannins and quite a bit of acidity. Both give the wine the architecture to house all the richness. Drink now, after decanting, and over the next 10 years.
Blackberry aromas have a Port-like character and a smoky undertone. Big extraction leaves a thick, weighty mouthfeel and the essence of Cabernet’s sweetness. Some mineral, coffee and meat on the lengthy finish. A good mix of finesse and wildness.
From a producer that thoroughly understands Napa Bordeaux wines comes this classically proportioned blend, which is dominated by Cabernet Sauvignon. It impresses by its balance, elegance and richness. The blackberry and cherry flavors are enriched with oak, leading to a long and satisfying finish. Drink now through 2010.
Here’s a fancy wine. It’s made with full-blown Burgundian techniques, including barrel fermentation and sur lies aging. Every care was taken to preserve the fruity freshness. The peach, apricot, pineapple and honeysuckle flavors have a rich edge of smoky oak and vanilla, offset by fine acidity, and the finish is very dry. This is one of the best Sauvignon-Sémillon…