Very solid and deep, with a bouquet of delicious black-currant and dark-cherry fruit and toasty, buttery oak. Very comfortable mouthfeel. Full, with layered fruit and a long and elegant finish that sports big but not sharp tannins. Tight now; hold for three to six years.
Brutally good, a wine so powerful in ripe tropical fruits and new smoky oak that it just detonates the palate. Huge, mouth-filling flavors of mango and pineapple, caramelized oak, butterscotch, cinnamon, clove, vanilla, toast and who knows what else cascade in waves, ending in a super-long, sweet finish. Massive, but balanced and elegant. If it had a slightly…
Huge, just tremendous and authoritative. Aged in new, high-toast oak for 17 months, it bursts with smoky char and caramelized vanilla, while the underlying fruit explodes with spicy plum, wild blackberry marmalade and chocolate. The tannins are very strong, but ripely sweet and finely meshed. A guaranteed cellar candidate, it should slowly improve for a decade, and…
This luxurious wine flatters the palate with its sumptuous fruit, ripe and big but not overbearing. The black currant, cassis, plum, mocha, smoky oak and spicy flavors swim in sweet, fine tannins. A spine of acidity keeps it all honest. Gorgeous now, and will age through 2015 or beyond.
I had to double-check the price on this brilliant wine because it’s much less than other Napa Cabs. It’s a fat, sweet, fleshy wine, instantly appealing for its delicious blackberry, blackstrap molasses, cherry, violet and sweet oak flavors, yet it’s a cellar guarantee. The tannins are finely ground and wonderfully ripe, giving the wine a firm lushness that lasts…
Toasty cinnamon and cocoa notes with a bit of plummy fruit peeking through in the nose; gorgeous, complex flavors of earth, minerals and dried fruit, but soft and velvety with a backbone of tannins and acids to last 20 years. We’d pay ten bucks more for this, easily. Good the previous vintage and better this time.
The ’01 was a hard act to follow. If the ’02 lacks a bit of the rich opulence of its predecessor, it may be a more ageable wine. The tannins are thick yet sweet, covering ripe black currant and oaky-mocha flavors that last through an impressively long finish. Drink this dry, balanced Cab now–2014.
Heady and big, a tremendously dense, rich wine that packs in plenty of satisfaction. Opens with black fruit, chocolate, plum, coffee, maple syrup and cassis scents, with a ton of flashy new oak. Turns rich and complex in the mouth, packed with delicious fruity flavors and long, ripe tannins.