I went in to a wine store this past weekend looking for a special bottle for a friend’s 50th party. This was one of the ‘gifts’ we took and managed to drink. It is a special anniversary bottling and my first experience with this winery. I must say I enjoyed the wine, it is very much a Napa style, but very approachable young. It started with blackberry pie and blue berries on the nose. Very smooth tannins and balanced acidity were my first impression of the structure with delicious berries and dark fruits opening the show. On the mid palate is where I got plums and nutmeg with some chocolate and cassis. A strange yet compelling combination. The 14.6% alcohol barely showed itself and the whole package was very balanced and certainly drinkable. The wine is ready now and will go for another 10 years easily. I would guess this wine to be a 91 pointer in my opinion and for the $55 price tag, it’s worthy of 3 stars. We drank it before dinner as an aperitif but it would also pair well with grilled meats and some gratin potatoes. I’m still learning about Napa cabs and this is certainly a nice way to enter the foray. Salut….