Made by the legendary Richard Arrowood, a very fine Cab. Rich and complex in blackcurrants and oak, it shows sturdy tannins that are perfectly drinkable now, but will enable this wine to age well through the decade.
This bone-dry wine is rather severe in tannins. It feels elegant, but lacks immediate reward, with cherry, currant and tobacco flavors that disappear into a cloak of astringency. Could develop after 2011, but no guarantees.
Fans of sheer fruit will exult in this wine for its masses of blackberries, cherries, plums, currants, chocolate and even raspberries that flood the palate. Beyond that, it offers good tannins and fine acidity. There isn’t much complexity or layering, but it sure is tasty.