The second wine, and first red, from this famous vineyard-owning family, it's a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc. The wine is, in a word, classic. This great vintage provided super fruit, and the winemaking takes full advantage of it. This is very great Cabernet. It's so delicious you find yourself putting the glass down and thinking about it…
This long-anticipated wine from a longtime grower-turned-vintner swings for the fences. Begins with fascinating, complex aromas—highlighted by lees, pineapple, cinnamon, smoke and white chocolate—and dazzles with its sheer opulence. Everything comes together in pinpointed harmony, right down to the mind-bogglingly beautiful finish.
So good, it makes you want to shout. Possesses the beautifully ripe flavors that are expected of a great vintage, such as blackcurrant, cherry, white chocolate and cassis, with extra edges of smoky caramel and vanilla. The tannins are perfect, soft and easy, but as rich and complex as a Renoir. Differentiates itself from Napa with its softness and accessibility…
The Youngs produce a stunning Cabernet from their vineyard on the eastern benchlands of the valley. This Cab is the polar opposite of Napa, and defines the alternative possibilities. Soft, intricate and herbal-earthy, it has beautiful black cherry, cocoa, tobacco and new oak flavors, and it’s thoroughly dry. Drink now through 2015.
The much-anticipated second vintage of this wine struggled with a poor vintage. Ironically, the inability to superripen the grapes resulted in a Bordeaux-like wine, rather like a good St.-Emilion, although it’s 100% Cabernet Sauvignon. Sweet cassis is offset with sage and tobacco in this early maturing wine of great distinction and charm.
Robert Young is one of Alexander Valley’s greatest wineries. After others achieved success with their Merlot grapes, they started making their own wine, and consumers are the beneficiaries. Truly soft and voluptuous, yet richly structured, the wine is totally dry, with a dried herb edge to the cherry flavors. The complexity is enormous, but somehow the wine remains…
Another terrific Scion from Robert Young. Blended this year from Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, it’s rich in blackberry and cherry fruit, with caramel from oak barrels. Feels soft and gentle in the mouth, in the way of Alexander Valley Cabernet. An authentic wine of place, it deserves a place on the best tables.
The 2004 Scion is built for aging. It’s stuffed with tannins that coat the mouth with grapeskin astringency, but that firm structure will support time in the cellar. Give it three or four years, when the black cherry, cassis, black and red currant, cocoa, herb and cedar flavors will emerge on their own.