*Cellar Selection* Very smooth, yet mouth-drying with firm tannins, this Cabernet is a bit lean, but it defines the elegance that Napa is capable of. The blackberry and currant flavors are balanced by earthier notes of green olives, cola and dried herbs, while the oak is subtle, even though it's all new. Grows more interesting as it warms in the glass, and the alcohol level is a moderate 13.6%. Blended from all five classic Bordeaux varieties, it will improve in the bottle over the next eight years.
A firm and juicy wine with redwood, orange peel, sweet tobacco and currants. Mineral character. Full-bodied, round and soft. Very drinkable now. Delicious.
Spring Mountain’s 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon (76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, 6% Petit Verdot, 5% Cabernet Franc and 3% Malbec) is one of the better efforts I have tasted from them over recent vintages. It offers sweet raspberry and black currant fruit intertwined with a hint of flowers, medium body and excellent balance and length. It should drink well for a decade or more. (RP)
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2013 Chateau Ste. Michelle "Cold Creek Vineyard" Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (Elsewhere $30)