Lovely stuff. It starts out smooth but tight, almost reticent, and then it just explodes with dark cherry, plum and black currant. The tannins virtually announce its cellar potential. Elegant, correctly balanced, ample grip and weighty enough. This is one pretty Cabernet, no doubt about it.
Classic ’01 in the perfectly ripened fruit, which shows a balance of cassis, chocolate and olive flavors, lush, firm tannins, and the overall impeccability. There’s great oak here, and it meshes perfectly. Drink now through 2014.
Mainly Cabernet Sauvignon, with some Franc, this opulent, flashy young wine is made solidly in the modern cult style. It’s soft and rich in new oak, offering massive blackberries, currants, cassis, violets and smoky cedar wood. The tannins are firm, but not hard, giving the wine structural support through the long, spicy finish. Needs time to show its stuff. 2012–2018.
Absolutely delicious Cabernet, with rich tannins framing impeccably ripe, jammy cassis and chocolate fruit that’s well oaked. The tannins are a wonder, thick and soft and sweet. This is New World Cabernet at its decadent, hedonistic best.
A lovely Cabernet notable for its trim, elegant structure. Made in a less ripe style, it shows crisp, firm acidity underpinning the blackberries, coffee, herbs and cedar. Feels balanced and refined in the mouth, a wine you might call Bordeaux-esque. Offers good drinking now and should develop through 2017.
Good and rich and classy, with excellently ripe blackberry, currant and herb flavors and a nice overlay of toasty oak. Tannins are as fine as can be, smooth and complex, although they’re young and tend to stun the palate.
A smooth, polished wine most notable for its intense cherry flavors. Like sipping pure fruit nectar, and made better by the rich tannins. So delicious now, it doesn’t seem likely to get better with age.
Tastes pretty dry and tannic, with lots of astringency, and finishes hard and gritty. Not a wine you want to drink now. But there’s a huge core of blackberries hidden below, accompanied by a burst of juicy acidity. Seems to have the balance for cellaring. The score reflects what this Cab will likely be in 6–8 years.