How could you go wrong with the team assembled by owner Chuck McMinn? You have David Abreu as your vineyard manager and Philippe Melka making the wine, from a vineyard less than 100 yards from Grace Family Vineyards. This Cabernet is jam-packed with dark fruit, chocolate and leather. There is great complexity and richness that carries through from start to finish…
Yes, it’s a lot of money for a bottle of wine, and yes, it’s stunning. From the famous Philippe Melka, this 100% Cab pours inky black, and smells dramatically oaked. No surprise that it’s 100% new French barrels. But the underlying wine is massive in blackberry, cherry, mocha, lavender and thyme, just gigantically proportioned, and easily able to handle all that…
Dark in youth, and oaky, with 85% new French wood, this Philippe Melka-crafted Cab has the fresh young flavors of an immature Bordeaux. It needs time for the intense currant, blackberry, sandalwood and spice flavors to integrate with the firm tannins. Give it a good five years to begin to fuse together, but it will live far longer than that.
A beautiful Zin, lush and classically proportioned, despite some fairly hefty alcohol. With ultra-refined tannins, fine acidity and lots of new oak to provide a smoky structure, it’s rich and complex in currants, cassis, mocha, pepper, cinnamon and 5-spice flavors. Blended with Petite Sirah and Cabernet Sauvignon, it’s fine now and through 2012.