Tasted blind in a large group of Napa Valley Cabernets, this one stood out for sheer power and authority. It’s absolutely delicious, dazzling showing blackberry tart, cherry pie with the sweet, smoky crust, cassis and baking spice flavors, wrapped into wonderfully thick, fine tannins. Pure California fruit, but dry, balanced and nuanced. A classic, but high-alcohol…
Lots of ripe, upfront blackberry and cherry jam fruit, lots of new French oak and firm, sweet tannins in this young Cab. But the parts haven’t come together yet, so there’s a certain disjointment. Give it a few years in the cellar.
Ripe to the point of jammy, this Cab was blended with some Merlot, and also shows quite a bit of new oak. It’s a direct, fruity wine, appealing for its blackberry, cherry and plumped raisin flavors.