Few wines in the world can boast this concentration of ripe, flashy fruit. It’s decadent and enormous in blackberries, cherries, currants, licorice, bacon and spice flavors, which are all melted into the perfect fusion of alcohol and warmth, and elaborated with smoky, toasty oak. With its level of elegance, this is wonderful now, and it should drink well over the…
A best-of-barrels blend from the classic Bordeaux varieties, this wine is delicious. It’s not hard for Napa to ripen fruit to blackberry and cherry perfection, or for the winemaker to age the wine in the best oak. What’s difficult is to house all this richness in such smooth tannins, with such depth and such a pure finish. A spectacularly good wine to drink now…
Dramatically rich and structured, this mountain blend of Bordeaux varieties needs time in the cellar. Right now, it’s tannic and astringent, with youthful flavors of blackberries, minerals and smoky new oak. But it’s a very fine wine that should hold and mellow through 2014.
Fruity and jammy, showing intensely ripe, crushed wild blackberry and foxy mulberry flavors. A little rustic in tannins, with a bristling texture, but the finish is long, dry and spicy. Could surprise after 5–7 years in the cellar.