This wine, with some Cabernet Franc, represents a cooler-climate interpretation of Napa Valley Cab. It possesses a juicy acidity and tight tannins that frame and gird bright cherry and blackberry flavors. Now youthful, it should hold and improve for many years. Drink now through 2015.
Here’s one for the cellar. You could drink it now, with a little decanting, but such is the structural youth that you’d miss this Bordeaux blend at its best. Rich and savory in spicy black and red currant, cherry and cedar flavors, the wine shows a firm tannic structure, with a crisp bite of acidity. Hold until late 2008; should evolve over the next six to eight years.
Tasted in August, this Cab was rather straightforward, with sweet jammy flavors of blackberries, cherries and toasty, caramelized oak. Might develop bottle complexities as it changes over the next few years.