Needs time in the cellar, as it’s really tough in tannins now. Feels hard and sandpapery and raspingly dry. Deep down inside is a molten core of ripe blackberries and black currants, with lots of new, smoky oak. Seems to be your classically ageable Napa red. Give it until at least 2013, and it could surprise and delight for many years beyond.
Released about a year later than the regular ’01, this is still a pretty tannic Cab. But it’s rich enough now to have with a good steak, and in fact a beef dish with a wine reduction sauce could be perfect. The oak is smoky-sweet and filled with vanilla, the overall impression high-class.
Way too young to enjoy now, to judge by the awkward way the parts jostle against each other. Sharp-elbowed tannins and citrusy acids battle with jammy blackberry tart flavors and fresh, spicy oak that is unintegrated. But this seems like a very fine cellar candidate. Start drinking in 2007, and should improve for a decade.
It must be the coolness of the estate, because even in this hot vintage, this wine is dry, tannic and relatively moderate in alcohol. It's an old-fashioned Napa Cab, in the best sense, made in a balanced, ageworthy style that impressed before the modern era of superripe opulence. Fine now, and should hold and improve for a good ten years.
Wow, is this a good wine. It’s filled with succulent blackberry and cherry flavors, and the oak is just right. It’s dry, balanced and harmonious, with exquisitely soft, sweet tannins. It would earn an even higher score with greater fruit concentration.
Piercing oak and some road tar on the nose. A wine that’s really alive. Plenty of high-toned fruit that is both sweet and tart at the same time. Typical of this winery’s style, it is solid but not overpowering. Grip galore in this purple rose. Drink or hold.
There’s something Chablis-like in the stony minerality that marks this Chardonnay. But at the same time, it’s sweet in orange, peach, green apple and golden mango flavors. A rich, satisfying Chardonnay for drinking now. Production was 1,913 cases.
Quite a distinguished ’99, with its flamboyant aromas of spicy blackcurrants and cassis, with an oaky overlay of smoke and vanilla. Feels good as soon as it hits the palate, with blackberry flavors that last through the finish. The jolt of dry tannins that makes the palate puckery suggests midterm aging.