This is easily one of the most delicious Cabernets of the year. The first sip dazzles, offering a treasure chest of flavors, including blackberry, spice, mocha and toasted oak. For all the richness, the wine is properly dry, and the tannins are as smooth as old silk. It’s so approachable, it’s hard to believe it’s from Diamond Mountain, whose tannins are…
This Cabernet Sauvignon-based blend is a best-of-barrels selection from Summers’ various Cabs throughout Napa Valley. It’s unquestionably a big wine, densely packed with blackberry, cherry and dark chocolate flavors. It’s also very young. The tannins pack a real punch. New oak, to the tune of 100%, is apparent in the buttered toast richness. Don’t drink it now…
Held back for four-plus years before release, this Bordeaux blend has become softly gentle and approachable. It’s rich in cherry, raspberry and cassis flavors, with a gorgeous, plump coating of sweet, toasted oak. Drink over the next five years.
Rather tough and tannic now, with a hard astringency that compromises enjoyment. On the other hand, there’s a deep core of black currants and dark unsweetened chocolate. Hard to tell where it’s going. Try after 2010.