This was a spectacular performance from this hallowed vineyard as well as one of Napa Valley’s great historic terroirs. Made from 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, it reveals a still youthful personality and will benefit from another 5-7 years of bottle age. An opaque purple color is followed by aromas of graphite, creme de cassis, flowers and background earth as well as spice. The old eucalyptus-filled aromatics of a young Martha’s Vineyard are nowhere to be found as the 2001 is dominated by fruit and earth. Full-bodied and powerful with superb integration of wood, tannin, acidity and alcohol, this large-scaled red is capable of three or more decades of cellaring. It is unquestionably a youthful classic, but it requires patience from its owners. Anticipated maturity: 2016-2035. (RP) 95+
After bouncing a bottle of 2001 Martha’s Vineyard unceremoniously around in the car during a day of tasting in the Santa Cruz Mountains in January (prior to having time to pull the cork), I was very happy to have a chance to taste a second bottle of this lovely wine that had been neither “shaken, nor stirred” on my most recent visit to Napa. This is a lovely vintage for Martha’s Vineyard, as the wine offers up a deep and classy nose of red and black cherries, chocolate, mint, tobacco smoke, a touch of fruitcake, soil tones and a nice framing of cedary wood. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, pure and nascently complex, with lovely focus, ripe tannins and impressive length and grip on the long and just beginning to blossom finish. At age ten, this is still very early days for a top vintage of Martha’s Vineyard, but with another decade or so of bottle age, this will be outstanding. (Drink between 2021-2075) 94+
A true-to-form Martha's Vineyard. Enticing chocolate-covered cherry, berry and mint give a complex, distinctive flavor profile. Sleek, elegant and long on the finish, where the flavors turn juicy. (JL, Web Only—2011)
Very deep purple. Some lift and luscious fruit. Very sweet and full and minerally. Some evolution. Big and blustering with resolved tannins and a hint of dustiness. Not formulaic.
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