A masterpiece from this near perfect vintage. Completely ripe, classic and fresh, with oodles of red cherry and blackcurrant flavors that are generously oaked. Amazingly, the wine is still young and tannic. So beautifully structured, so smooth and polished, firm yet soft, just a gorgeous wine. Hold onto it until at least 2012, if you can.
A wonderfully refined wine, with firm, ripe tannins that fream an elegant blend of rich plum, balckberry, coffee, chocolate, cassis, black cherry, cedar and spice flavors. The finish is long and smooth, with a bright cherry boost at the end. Francis Coppola's benchmark wine.
One of the best Cab Francs out there, intricately structured and rich in terroir character. It’s lighter in body than a Cab Sauv, with cherry, mocha, caramel, vanilla, dusty oriental spice and anise flavors that unfold in waves. Totally addictive and elegant.
A new wine from Francis Coppola, named after his son Roman and made from Syrah grapes planted in 1996 on the estate. The high score reflects the amazing extract and beautiful integration of fruit with the tannins and oak. This is pure ambrosia. Clearly New World in origin with its ripeness and softness. Small amounts of Petit Verdot and Merlot round it out.
Dramatic from the get-go, an amazing wine that oozes well-ripened black currant, cassis, mocha and oak aromas and flavors. Exuberantly, decadently rich, with a chocolate fudge sweetness, although it’s totally dry. The tannins are ripe, sweet, smooth and unctuous. Would score even higher were it not for a softness that could limit its ageworthiness.
Shows quite oaky now, with powerful notes of vanilla, char and wood sap, but it’s also rich in cherry fruit, with a touch of grilled meat. Texturally, this Cab is dense, smooth, fine and very dry, with substantial tannins. It’s too young now, but should be a beauty by 2008 and beyond.
Seductively delicious, a wine that caresses the palate with velvety tannins. Dry and balanced, with cassis, blackberry, tobacco and herb flavors. Oak adds char, vanilla and smoke, as well as a woody sweetness. Seems higher in acidity that many other Napa Cabs, which gives it grip and body. —S.H.
The Godfather would love this dark, rich wine, with its intricate layers of plum and blackberry flavors that coat the tongue. It’s very dry and food friendly. The finish lasts for a full minute. Fairly tannic now, although they’re soft and creamy, but it will improve through 2005.