Classic Napa Zin. Showcases deliciously ripe blackberry and currant flavors accented with pepper, clove, anise, nutmeg and cinnamon, and a finish that goes on and on. The tannins are pure Oakville, ripe, sweet, thick and as fine as velvet.
Redolent of cassis, blackberry, herbs, anise, smoke and toasty oak aromas, the wine fans out gracefully on the palate to reveal more layers of equally well-defined fruit. Tannins are soft and round, finishing moderately with a clean freshness
Smooth and supple, with ripe blackcurrant and oak flavors framed by polished tannins. There’s a good, sandpapery grip to the mouth feel that suggests pairing with rich meats, or you can age this wine through the decade.
Lush, full-bodied and low-acid, this is an in-your-face fruitster with blackberry, beet, cedar and leather aromas, and chocolaty dark-fruit flavors. The tannins are large, but easy, and the wine is smooth and drinkable now; good through 2006.
Doesn’t say o, but this wine actually is from a single vineyard in Oakville, and the quality makes it a good value for the appellation. The tannins are fairly harsh while the fruit is muted. Yet there’s enough cherry-currant concentrate to survive mid-term aging. If you can’t wait, a fabulous steak will eat right through the astringency.
A good Sauvignon Blanc from Napa. It’s dry and crisp, with grassy, citrus, melon and fig flavors and subtle but rich oak layerings. Qualitatively, it approaches the complexity of a good Cabernet.