This Napa Cab pours a rich deep purple in the glass and is totally opaque. On the nose it’s all Cali sunshine- rich blackberry, plum jam, figs and vanilla. On the plate it lives up to its billing. Rich fruits, cassis, ripe tannins and a touch of acidity. The mouthfeel on this one is stupendous. I am enjoying swirling the wine but it gets really good on the mid palate where espresso adds another angle as does plum jam. The finish is somewhat drier yet still reserves the spotlight for the primal fruits. It has good structure, if not somewhat muted by the fruit forward style of this gem. It will age well and hopefully develop some tertiary flavors. This could be a monster folks. 94 points from me. It’s pricy at a list of $135, but I found it elsewhere for less. I’m pairing this 5 star wine with Char-grilled Ribeyes. Drink till 2030. Salut….
I tasted this wine previously and liked it enough to order some for the virtual tasting #5. I think I preferred it the first time around, this bottle seemed a little tired and over the plateau. The wine showed secondary flavors of tobacco, leather, horse whip but lacked much core fruit and tannic structure. Overall it scored 88 points from me with a drink now recommendation. $24 is not over the top, but I would not order more. We decanted 6 hours prior, that may have made the difference. 3 stars. Salut….
This wine was over-hyped by a retailer that I use so I had to jump in on a case. Glad I did…
Bright purple- semi opaque. The nose is sublime…. purple plums, blackberry, a hint of oak. On the palate it’s very fruity and a touch tannic. Full on with blackberry reduction, plums and tobacco. The tannic bite is very gentle and balanced. The mid palate is a touch more dry, but very manageable. Oolong tea and spices mingle with the plums and blackberry, delicious. The finish is fab. This wine screams Napa sunshine, it lacks the telltale eucalyptus but shines in the plums and black berries. The tannic structure is impressive- starting out gentle, ending up in a crescendo of tea and charred oak notes. 92 points and 4 stars- $60. Drink till 2027. Salut….
I tasted this wine when it was much younger. It was appealing then and more so now. Very rich purple, semi opaque. The nose is very fruity with blackberry jam, blackcurrants, toasted oak. The palate is really delightful with warm blackberry ganache, coconut, eucalyptus and iodine. On the midpalate I start to sense some tannic buzz, nothing overpowering. Gobs more black fruit reduction and a charcoal note. The finish marries up some acidity, just a touch to complete the mouthfeel and balance this very fruit-forward Napa Cab. 93 points and 5 stars for this $48 bottle. Drink till 2029. Salut….
I’m tasting this one in the dark, literally. We lost power earlier today and I have rigged up the generator but it only runs certain things, like the dishwasher😳.
From what I can see via flashlight this is a semi opaque, dark purple looking wine. The nose is somewhat subdued, but I managed to coax blackberries and vanilla bean. The palate is sweet- oh my. A very, very interesting assemblage of flavors. Coconut, blackberry pie, mint, the list goes on. It’s one of the most intriguing, surprising and tasty wines I have come across. The mid palate continues the swirling bouquet of differing flavors but introduces some very nice, medium intensity tannins. I really dig this wine. It’s finish is a nice dry affair that allows those dark fruits, coconut and vanilla flavors to once again take turns in caressing my gums. This is an amazing display of very unique flavors, well done. 93 points. Drink till 2030 with beef stew, steaks or just by itself. $32 makes this a 5 star wine to stock up on. Salut….
Quite dark and brooding in the glass, nice legs. On the nose it shows bright fruit notes of blackberry, plum jam and vanilla. The palate starts of with a gob full of tannins, which part ways to reveal Ribera, singed plum and some eucalyptus leaf. The mid palette continues that dark fruit motif but is very channeled by the searing tannins. Young. Very young. The fruit is really masked by the big underlying structure of this wine. I’m going to run some through the Vinturi before I proceed.
Nope- that monster is still lurking. I’ll need to let this bottle breathe overnight to see if it softens. For now- 91 points but don’t touch it till 2023. Drink till 2030.
Day two- much softer but those tannins are still formidable. Blackberry jam, espresso and a touch of oak are the main players today. I’m sticking with 91 points and the drinking window I mentioned. $29, 4 stars and a pretty good deal on Napa Cab IMHO. Salut….
Bright shade of purple and nearly opaque. The nose is delightful- some plums, charcoal, espresso and black cherry. The palate is creamy, sweet with plum reduction and mouthwatering with beautiful acidity and lithe tannins. There is a silkiness to this wine that’s just amazing. The acidity scorches my mid palate but gets held in check by the fine grained tannins. Nice black and blue fruits carry me to the decent length finish that introduces oak and coconut to the mix. Delicious wine that I’m serving up with Osso Bucco and roasted Brussels Sprouts in garlic butter and capers. Drink now if you like them with bite or cellar this beauty and enjoy till 2030. 93 points and 5 stars for this $80 treat. Salut….
Bright purple with nice legs in the glass. Sweet blackberries on the nose with a vanilla bean twist. On the palate it is crisp, dry and delicious. Black cherry jam with blackberries topped with some espresso beans. The mid is more blueberries and plum, the tannins smoothing out. The finish has black fruits, tea, olive and a good whack of tannic grip. There’s a lot going on here folks, very intricate. 92 points and 4 stars for this $48 Napa beauty. Drink till 2030. Salut….
Dark shades of purple in the glass. The nose is overflowing with blackberries. There’s a slight oak tint as well as blueberry torte once the blackberry subsided. On the palate it is a touch astringent right up front but good fruit structure rolls in as well as some gripping tannins. Black stone fruits are the main focus, with violets and cranberries- for their tartness- seem to coexist. The tannins are relentless. Aerating would be key here unless you have a fatty, juicy steak. Nice finish with blackberry and dry tea. Astringent as heck but mouth watering and tasty. 90 points and 4 stars for this $40 effort. Drink till 2025. Salut….
Cherry nose. Iodine, plum and cigar box on the initial. Nice gentle tannins introduce themselves on the midpalate alongside bramble. The plums are really juicy in this wine. The finish gives me prune, black cherries and tobacco. Really tasty and easy to drink. Till 2024. 89 points and 3 stars for this $14 wine. Salut….