The 2010 Sloan may ultimately eclipse the 2009 as it appears to have greater longevity. Dense blackberry, cedar, lead pencil shavings, cassis, espresso, white chocolate and forest floor notes are incredibly complex and inviting. Full-bodied and virtually perfect in all senses with flawlessly integrated acidity, tannin, alcohol and wood, this is a tour de force and one of the superstars of the vintage. It, too, can be drunk now or cellared for 30+ years. (RP)
The 2010 SLOAN ESTATE is just as gorgeous from bottle as it was from barrel. Violets, graphite, smoke, licorice, plum and cedar notes jump from the glass in the 2010 Sloan Estate. Rich, sumptuous and layered, the 2010 impresses for its balance and class. Today the tannins are a bit firm, so readers should give the 2010 at least a few years in bottle. With time in the glass, the 2010 is quite stunning though. The blend is 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc and a splash of Petit Verdot. (AG)
Bright medium red. Restrained but deep aromas of cassis, mocha, brown sugar, smoke, espresso and dusty brown spices. Wonderfully silky and voluptuous despite the recent bottling, but also shows terrific verve to the flavors of black cherry, minerals and menthol. More about finesse than thickness of texture. Finishes very long and vibrant, with suave, seamless, broad tannins and compelling perfume. This will be approachable early but has the stuffing and balance for a graceful evolution in bottle. (ST)
A big and rich red with black currant and blueberry and chocolate. Full and vast. A more typical Napa cab of the period. Drink or hold.
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