The 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Tre Vigneti is imbued to the core with the vibrant energy of the year. Black cherries, plums, sweet spices and violets seem to jump from this firm, beautifully delineated wine. For an entry-level Cabernet, I actually prefer the 2009 because it offers more near-term pleasure, but there is no denying the 2010 is gorgeous. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2024. Montagna is Bob Long’s new project on Pritchard Hill, not far from David Arthur, which Bob founded with his brother David. Nile Zacherle, the winemaker at David Arthur, is also in charge at Montagna. These early releases suggest Montagna is another of the rising stars in Napa’s hottest neighborhood. (AG)
The tannins on this Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec and Syrah blend are tough and gritty, making the wine drily astringent and hard to appreciate now. But the flavors sure are luscious. The wine brims with freshly crushed ripe blackberries and cassis, with hints of summer anise, cocoa and toast. It’s a flashy wine, but you want to give it at least 5–6 years in the cellar to begin to throw some sediment and mellow.
A rustic style, with raw, chewy tannins around a core of tight, dense dark berry, plum and cherry fruit, focused and persistent, ending with a crushed rock aftertaste. Needs time. Best from 2014 through 2026.
(from three vineyard blocks on Pritchard Hill at an altitude of 1,100 to 1,300 feet): Bright ruby-red. Brooding, slightly medicinal aromas of cassis, blackberry, dark chocolate and rock. Then chewy and classically dry on the palate, with a youthfully clenched character to the flavors of dark berries, graphite, tobacco and oak. Finishes with fairly fine tannins. Will this relax with a few years in the bottle?
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