Quite a fine wine, although like Flora Springs’ other ’07 Cabs, it needs time in the cellar to come around. Grown in the Pope Valley section of eastern Napa, it shows ripe, flashy flavors of blackberries, cherries and chocolate, but those tannins are tough and hard. You can decant it now, but better to hold until 2011 or so.
Perhaps even more closed and tannic than the Hillside Reserve, a big wine with a good future. Oozes ripe, pure black currant flavors, well-oaked, and is totally dry. Give it until 2008, then try again.
Light, elegant and sweet, as succulent as a chocolate cherry bonbon. It has the lip-smacking quality of a fine candy, a blast of stone fruit that coats the mouth in unguent sweetness and then lingers there for a while.
Dry, hard tannins mark this wine. Made from Pope Valley fruit, it’s rich in blackberries, currants, herbs and chocolate. Feels somewhat coarse at this point, but could age well. It’s a gamble.
This vineyard is in the Pope Valley section, a warm, eastern part of Napa. The wine is delicious and impeccably made, but a little heavy, with notes of raisins, especially in the aroma, and a finish dominated by sweet dark chocolate. The oak overlay is elaborate, if a trifle obvious. Seems expensive for the quality.