A gorgeous Cabernet, among the best Summers has ever released. Actually, their Reserve Cab tends to fly under the radar, and is a good buy for that reason, although they did raise the price considerably with this ’08 bottling. The wine, which is 100% Cabernet, is showing beautifully now, with soft, rich tannins and luscious flavors of blackberries, black currants…
Very fine and high-toned, a Cabernet that shows real class and pedigree. Entirely drinkable now for its soft, lush tannins and elaborately detailed blackberry, black cherry, anise, carob and cedar flavors that last long through a spicy finish. Should age well through 2015.
A lush, opulent Cabernet for drinking now. Shows classic Napa structure, with firm, fine tannins housing ripe flavors of blackberries, currants, cassis and herbs, touched by smoky oak.
This is a very ripe and rather oaky Chardonnay that shows off how well the vintage perfected the grapes. Brims with smoky flavors of pineapple custard, Meyer lemon pie filling, butterscotch and cinnamon spices. Calls for rich fare, such as scallops.
Summers has struggled with Merlot, but may be getting a handle on this difficult variety. The ’06 is dry and soft, with fully ripe tannins framing appealing currant, cherry, licorice and spice flavors.
Polished and dry, with blackberry, currant and cedar flavors. The tannin structure is just fine, but you find yourself wishing there was greater concentration, especially at this price.
Made in a heavier, full-bodied style, this Merlot is very dry and fairly tannic. It’s an earthy wine, with truffle, tobacco and herb flavors and deeper blue and black fruit. Drink now.