Released about a year later than the regular ’01, this is still a pretty tannic Cab. But it’s rich enough now to have with a good steak, and in fact a beef dish with a wine reduction sauce could be perfect. The oak is smoky-sweet and filled with vanilla, the overall impression high-class.
Piercing oak and some road tar on the nose. A wine that’s really alive. Plenty of high-toned fruit that is both sweet and tart at the same time. Typical of this winery’s style, it is solid but not overpowering. Grip galore in this purple rose. Drink or hold.
It must be the coolness of the estate, because even in this hot vintage, this wine is dry, tannic and relatively moderate in alcohol. It's an old-fashioned Napa Cab, in the best sense, made in a balanced, ageworthy style that impressed before the modern era of superripe opulence. Fine now, and should hold and improve for a good ten years.
Way too young to enjoy now, to judge by the awkward way the parts jostle against each other. Sharp-elbowed tannins and citrusy acids battle with jammy blackberry tart flavors and fresh, spicy oak that is unintegrated. But this seems like a very fine cellar candidate. Start drinking in 2007, and should improve for a decade.
Clean and sharp; you get a distinct sweet-wood and flowery bouquet. Smells like a fresh late-spring day. Plenty of outdoorsy, gardeny aromas drift up from the glass. Oaky and creamy, this embodies much of what is good about California wine. Not overdone, this wine is elegant and typical. Should please most fans of domestic Chardonnay.
Shares with many other Chards the aromas and flavors of ripe peaches, apples and tropical fruits, with an overlay of spicy, smoky oak and a creamy texture. But this pretty wine earns extra points for its balance, harmony and sheer yummy deliciousness.
Quite a distinguished ’99, with its flamboyant aromas of spicy blackcurrants and cassis, with an oaky overlay of smoke and vanilla. Feels good as soon as it hits the palate, with blackberry flavors that last through the finish. The jolt of dry tannins that makes the palate puckery suggests midterm aging.
From the winery’s Carneros vineyard, a true reserve-style, low-production wine. It’s built along the same lines as the regular Chard, with a mineral tang to the fruit flavors and a finish that combines spices and oak. Notable for its elegance and balance.