This is a stunningly powerful 100% Cabernet, rich in fruit and well-oaked, that shows the authority of Oakville in a great vintage. Flooded with cassis, black cherries, dark chocolate and cedar, it’s nonetheless too young in brisk tannins to fully express itself. A joy to drink, but needs time. Best after 2009 and for many years after.
A stunning Cabernet, rich, pure and powerful. Blackberries, currants, oak and sweet fresh herbs flood the palate. It’s a tannic wine, with a hard-edged mouthfeel, but the tannins are so sweet, it’s tempting to uncork now. Drink right away, or age for 10 years and let it develop magic.
Shows classic Oakville tannins that are big, ripe, and intricate, but hard, entirely opposite to the softness of the modern cult style. The fruit suggests blackberries and cassis, enriched with smoky-sweet, spicy oak. It’s a beautifully structured, dry and elegant 100% Cabernet, but it’s too tannic for full enjoyment now. Better 2012–2016.
This smells like Bordeaux, from the cassis and earth all the way to the foresty aromas that some might even call green. The palate is a smooth ride of currant, plum and bitter chocolate, all with a cool, herbal underbelly. —M.S.
This is a big, ripe wine, and fairly tannic too, although the tannins are soft, ripe and sweet. Where N&N’s Dragonfly bottling from St. Helena is all immediate gratification, this is more firmly structured, less flashy. But it’s soft in acidity, and not a candidate for aging. Drink now and through 2006.
Smooth textured with spicy rasberry, cherry, cedar and herb notes. While it's elegant and supple, it doesn't share the intensity of some of it's Oakville neighbors. Moderate and bright on the finish.