Lush, rich, beguiling now. Tastes fat and unctuous, like a Pomerol despite being made from 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, offering a creamy wealth of cherries, currants, chocolate, anise, herbs, spices and smoky oak. For all the flamboyance, it’s bone dry, with classically solid Napa tannins, courtesy of fruit from Oakville and Howell Mountain. Should develop in the…
High-end stuff, the cutting edge of what Napa is doing with Cab. The fruit is exquisitely ripe, the quintessence of black currants, but this density is balanced by lightness and grace. The mouthfeel is round and soft. Luxurious tannins will protect the wine as it ages.
This is what people who pay a hundred bucks for a Napa Cab expect. Soft, ripe and enormously attractive, it seduces the palate with gooey red and black currant, cherry, blueberry, melted Swiss chocolate, anise and cedar flavors that just pile up and up and go on and on. The tannins, needless to say, are the finest money can buy. It’s impossible not to be impressed…
Dramatic Cabernet Sauvignon, very dark in color and utterly ripe and balanced to the taste. Shows an enormity of blackberries, cherries and milk chocolate, made firm and grounded by grippy tannins. Made solidly in the modern cult style and thus appealing now for its sheer deliciousness.
The complex nose, with its herb, tobacco, black-pepper and licorice elements, announces this stylish 64% Cabernet-36% Merlot blend. In the mouth it is big and ripe, with blackberry and licorice flavors, and fine acidity. Closes long and brisk, with large tannins and espresso and cherry flavors. Cellar for five or more years.
Among the better ’98s, this wine’s vineyard pedigree shows in the polished fruit and supple tannins, the result of great terroir. The aromas suggest black cherries and blackberries with intense oaky, smoky tones. Particularly notable for the soft, lush mouthfeel, like sipping pure velvet. If the wine were more concentrated it would be classic.
Dominated by Merlot, this is a soft wine with cherry, blueberry and blackberry flavors. There’s an earthiness that keeps it from being a fruit bomb, as well as a sweetness from oak, that will delight chefs figuring out how to prepare duck or lamb. Very dry and complex, with a lingering finish, it is delicious now, and should hold for five years.
Made from Howell Mountain grapes, yet rich and approachable in youth. There are huge, chewy tannins, but they’re sweet, and frame black currant and cherry-chocolate fudge flavors. This makes it sound like a dessert wine, but it’s dry and balanced and entirely satisfying.