A tremendous achievement in Merlot. The vineyard, around 1,600 feet up on Mt. Veeder, is now owned by the Jackson family, and the winemaker is Chris Carpenter, who oversees Cardinale. In fact, this Merlot bears an uncanny resemblance to Cardinale in the dramatically ripe, sweet fruit and superb, tannin-based structure. It’s 100% Merlot, with hefty yet balanced…
From up on Mount Veeder comes this lush, dramatically complex Cabernet Sauvignon. It’s really fine, with ripe, intricately layered tannins that give the wine a texture of dramatic importance, and luscious Cabernet flavors that change from sip to sip. Blackberries, currants, cherries, cedar, it’s all there in this 100% varietal wine, a very great expression of Napa…
The lovely bouquet of blackberry jam, oak with mint, cedar, and black olives draws you in. Broad and rich on the palate, with ample but fine tannins. Great depth of dark-berry fruit, with coffee and cedar shadings. The explosive finish just keeps going as intriguing sweet-tart fruit and bitter chocolate notes please all the way out. Best to hold six to nine years.
This fabulous mountain Cabernet blend is hefty in tannins, but it’s so delicious and balanced, it’s totally drinkable now. Massive black currant flavors penetrate the palate and last forever on the finish. Oak adds smoky, spicy complexities. Cellar a case of this wine through 2015 or so, opening one bottle a year to experience its evolution.
The huge, thick tannins are all from the wine’s 1,500-foot mountain vineyard, but they’re so soft and refined, the wine is instantly drinkable, although it will age for many years. Tastes dramatically luscious for the depth and length of black currant, olive, chocolate and cedar flavors.
A big, firm, tannic wine, dry and full-bodied, and packed with ripe, sweet fruit. Shows the purest expression of black currants, cassis, blackberries, blueberries, chocolate and sweet, smoky sandalwood. Very classic and elegant, with great power and authority. But this voluptuous wine needs time. Drink 2012–2016. Just 536 cases were produced.
An extraordinarily decadent Mourvèdre, Grenache and Syrah blend, currently among the best in California. Hard to describe how delicious the raspberry, blackberry, chocolate, orange, granola, sandalwood and spice flavors are. There’s a rich, velvety, liqueur-like texture, and while the wine tastes fantastically sweet, it finishes dry, a marvelous achievement…
A lovely Cabernet, brimming with complex blackberry, cherry, mineral, tobacco and cedar flavors that impress for their sheer power. Shows the firm, hard tannins this mountain always lends Cabs, but they’re so finely ground, the wine is drinkable now with a good decanting. Should age well for a decade.