This is a big, powerfully constructed mountain Cab. Right now, it’s noticeable for the impact of the tannins, which are hard and astringent. They complicate the massive black currant, cassis, mineral and cedar flavors. The richness won’t go away while you age the wine and wait for some sediment to fall out. Best after 2011.
Nearing the age of four years, this Cabernet remains hefty in tannins, but it’s not undrinkable, because those tannins are soft and lush. In fact, they’re an integral part of the network that makes the wine so interesting, which also includes the classic Cabernet flavors of blackberries and cassis. Drink this elegant wine over the next six years.
Tom Meadowcroft’s second label, Thomas Henry, is also sourcing from Borden Ranch in Lodi, as is his slightly higher-priced, lower-alcohol Riesling under the Meadowcroft name. This one not as as fragrant at first, more austere, but fully inviting wih melon, honey and pear. Thai food would be the perfect pairing.
A good wine, although not up there with the ’05. But it could improve with a few years of age. Right now, it’s tannic, sharp and fresh in blackberries, cherries and rich oak, with a touch of milk chocolate.
A good, dry Zinfandel whose youthfulness shows in fresh flavors of wild berries and brisk, citrusy acidity. Notes of black pepper, leather, orange zest and anise provide a lusty complexity. Drink over the next two years.
Lots of blackberry, currant, beef jerky and sandalwood flavors in this dry but luscious Cab. It’s brisk in tannins, and made in a drink-me-now style. Give it an hour in the decanter and enjoy.