Rich and dramatic by any standards, this new release offers a blast of ripe blackberry, currant and mineral flavors. New oak adds the perfect touch of smoky caramel. It’s pretty tannic, yet drinkable now after a good decant. Should age well throughout the decade.
Made from the winery’s little vineyard on Atlas Peak, this 100% Cabernet needs time to come around. It doesn’t show the voluptuous approachability of the 2005 or the 2007, which will be released next year. It’s fairly acidic and tannic. But there’s a luscious core of blackberries and black currants. Try after 2012; it might be a very long-lived wine.