Here’s a Cabernet producer to keep your eyes on. The winemaker is Kian Tavakoli, who earned his stripes at Opus One and Clos du Val. The wine is sourced from three top vineyards, including To Kalon. It’s a very ambitious effort, one that defines great Napa Cab. Softly tannic now in its youth, the blackberry, currant and smoky oak flavors are delicious and complex…
A very good Syrah, easily the winery’s best in years. It’s most notable for the power of its flavors, offering a flood of black-pepper-infused cured meat and ripe black cherry. The richness is wrapped into firm tannins. With its long finish, this should provide pleasant drinking over the next few years.
This is a big, rich, fruity Cabernet. It’s quite a delicious mouthful of jammy blackberries, red currants, milk chocolate and cedar, but it wants some 5–6 years in the cellar. The grapes come from vineyards all over the valley.
Here’s a polished, delicious young Pinot Noir that’s perfect for grilled steaks and chops. It’s full-bodied, silky and dry, but also fairly tannic, with savory black cherry, red currant, cola and sandalwood flavors. Could develop in interesting ways through 2013.
Very forward in jammy fruit, with waves of blackberries, cherries, raspberries, red currants, mocha and caramelized new oak. Feels too soft and melted to do much in the cellar, so drink up.
A good, rich, fairly standard Napa Cabernet, brimming with ripe blackberry, cherry and raspberry flavors, enhanced with sweet, vanilla-scented smoky oak. Pretty good stuff, but it’s not an ager.
Lots of dazzlingly ripe fruit in this rich, crisply acidic Pinot. It rocks with raspberries, cherries, pomegranates, cola and even hints of sweet, cinnamon-spiced mocha, as well as the toast and vanilla from oak. It’s made for drinking now.
Good, but a bit tamped down and dull in character, although it’s very dry, and the tannins are nice and smooth. Not much going on flavor-wise except for modest blackberry and spice flavors. Drink now.