This vineyard has never produced anything less than great Cabernet, and Surh Luchtel, who buys grapes from it, has a great track record. As always, the ’05 is stunningly rich and refined. It shows powerful flavors of cassis and minerals, which come from the grapes, and the most tasteful overlay of toasty oak. Fine…— S.H.
Sacrashe is a great vineyard, technically in Rutherford but really in the Vaca Mountains, 750 feet high east of the Silverado Trail. Its Cabernets always are balanced and intense. Surh Luchtel has produced an oaky Cab defined by tight tannins, and although they’re of the sweet modern kind, this classic, balanced…— S.H.
The tightest, most tannic and best of the winery’s three 2001 releases. It’s a wonderful example of a mountain Cabernet, with concentrated black currant fruit, crisp acidity and intricate, sweet tannins. Just oozes class and distinction. Hard to resist drinking now, but should age gracefully for a decade or longer.— S.H.
Surh Luchtel knows how to make a great Cab. The ’05 is a beautiful wine, softly complex and layered, with black currant, cherry, mocha, sweet oak and spicy flavors. But it’s tannins that really mark this wine. They’re so fine, so authoritative. Drink now–2010.— S.H.
Cab specialist Surh Luchtel has had some years to figure out how to make their Page Nord Syrah, and judging by this ’05 bottling, they’re right on track. The wine is firmer in structure than the soft ’04, but the flavors are no less startling. Blackberries, cherries, currants, chocolate and pepper flood the palate…— S.H.
For the last several years Surh Luchtel has been tinkering to get this wine right. The ’05 is their best yet, a dry, silky, light-bodied wine, with complex layers of cherry skin, rhubarb pie, root beer, rose petal and red licorice flavors, enhanced with toasted new oak. The winemaker seems to be striving to tame the…— S.H.
Another terrific Napa ‘99, this one packed with opulent flavors of cassis, green olives and herbs, wrapped generously in fine toasty oak. The wine is very dry and the tannins are fine and complex. The delicious finish goes on and on.— S.H.
Tighter, better structured and more refined than the winery’s Meritage bottling due to the higher percent of Cabernet. Shows classic notes of black currants and cassis with an intriguing scent of smoked meat. Finishes rich, dry and balanced.— S.H.