Mixed Case lot - please see individual item description
This lot contains the following items:
2005 Domaine Philippe Leclerc Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru "Combe Aux Moines" (qty: 1)
2009 DuMol "Jack Roberts Run" Russian River Valley Syrah (qty: 1)
2009 Abreu "Cappella" Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend (qty: 3)
2009 Bryant Family "Bettina" Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend (qty: 4)
2009 Bryant Family Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5L) (qty: 5)
2010 Colgin "IX Estate" Napa Valley Syrah (qty: 3)
2010 Domaine Grand Veneur "Vieilles Vignes" Châteauneuf-du-Pape (qty: 3)
2010 Hudelot-Noellat Nuits-St-Georges 1er Cru "Les Murgers" (qty: 2)
2011 Colgin "Tychson Hill Vineyard" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (qty: 3)
2011 Colgin "Cariad" Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend (qty: 6)
2011 Bryant Family "Bettina" Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend (1.5L) (qty: 6)
2011 Abreu "Cappella" Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend (qty: 1)
2011 Sine Qua Non "Dark Blossom" California Syrah (qty: 2)
2012 Sine Qua Non "Stein" Central Coast Grenache (qty: 2)
2012 Sine Qua Non "Stock" Central Coast Syrah (qty: 3)
2012 Next of Kyn (Sine Qua Non) "Cumulus Vineyard No. 6" Central Coast Red Blend (qty: 1)
2012 Domaine Jean Grivot Echezeaux (qty: 7)
2013 Futo Oakville Bordeaux Blend (qty: 3)
2013 Next of Kyn (Sine Qua Non) "Cumulus Vineyard No. 7" Central Coast Red Blend (qty: 1)
2014 Macdonald Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon (qty: 3)
2015 Myriad Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (qty: 3)
2015 Rivers-Marie Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (qty: 3)
The 2009 Syrah Jack Robert’s Run Gregori Vineyard is a gorgeous wine layered with blackberries, tar, graphite, incense, camphor and game. In 2009 winemaker Andy Smith waited out the rain and harvested in late October. He was rewarded with a huge, opulent wine that possesses stunning richness and intensity yet is not at all heavy. A mineral-drenched finish adds the last layer of complexity. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2024.
Glass-staining purple. Highly perfumed aromas of candied red and dark berries, smoky minerals, Asian spices and black pepper. Deeply pitched black raspberry and cherry flavors show impressive intensity and pick up spice and floral pastille nuances with air. Silky, sweet syrah, with gentle tannins and building notes of olive and peppery spices on the very long, sappy finish
Shows a high level of intensity and rusticity, marked by chewy dried berry, game meat and cedar notes. The most complete of the DuMOL Syrahs. Best from 2013 through 2022.
The 2009 Cappella, which is nearly three-fourths Cabernet Sauvignon, followed by Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and a tiny quantity of Merlot, possesses an inky/purple color and sweet notes of incense, violets, espresso beans, white chocolate and lots of creme de cassis and blackberries. There is plenty of glycerin, but unlike a lot of 2009s, despite relatively elevated tannins, the wine is open, showy and exuberant, which I consider to be a positive. Production was tiny, with only 250 cases produced. The 2009 should continue to drink well for 20-25 years. (RP)
Mocha, espresso, plums and raspberries float from the glass as the 2009 Proprietary Red Cappella conquers the palate and intellect. A sexy, radiant wine, the 2009 Cappella is bright, focused and exceptionally polished. Floral notes intermingled with hints of sweet tobacco, sage and mocha appear on the finish, adding considerable lift and finesse. Ideally the 2009 needs time in bottle, but it is incredibly appealing even today. I wouldn't suggest opening the Abreu 2009s anytime soon, but if I were going to open one, it would be the Cappella. In 2009, the Cappella is 72% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Cabernet Franc, 10% Petit Verdot and 3% Merlot. (AG)
The Bettina is usually very impressive. The dense plum/purple-colored 2009 Bettina offers lots of white chocolate, espresso roast, Asian spice, black currant and incense characteristics as well as an attractive, suave, fleshy mouthfeel. It can be enjoyed today and over the next 15 years. (RP)
Good deep red. Fresh aromas of redcurrant, violet, minerals, licorice, menthol and forest floor; more floral than the flagship Cabernet. Rich and sweet in the mouth, with terrific blue and black berry intensity. Not quite as suave as the flagship bottling but vibrant and very long; the tannins are chewy and broad but a bit less polished. Still youthfully tight. (ST) 93+
The estate's 2009 Bettina offers up sweet red berries, freshly cut flowers, mint, spices and crushed rocks. The 2009 Bettina stands out for its bright, high-toned aromas and flavors, as well as its intense, saline minerality. Everything about the 2009 is in the right place. This is a flat-out great bottle of wine. In a word: Fabulous. Wow! (AG)
This red shares the plush texture and savory herb, spice and lavender notes of the Cabernet, presented in a tight mix of dried currant, mineral, crushed rock and tobacco flavors. Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Petit Verdot. Best from 2013 through 2026. (JL)
Another top Syrah from here with black pepper and bacon character with light cedar and spice. Full body, with a core of ripe fruit and a long finish. Drink or hold.
The 2010 IX Estate Syrah is one of the most compelling Syrahs ever made in California. It ranks alongside some of the perfect Syrahs from Sine Qua Non in Santa Ynez and the Santa Rita Hills. Tasting like liquified steak au poive with blackberry and blueberry sauce, this amazing wine reveals staggering aromas of flowers, bouquet garni, melted asphalt, licorice, pepper and meaty notes. It should drink well for 15+ years assuming you have that much patience. (RP)
Saturated medium ruby. More Hermitage than Côte-Rôtie on the extraordinary nose, conveying an impression of granitic minerality to its scents of crushed blackberry, blueberry, violet, licorice and charcuterie. Delivers an uncommon combination of density, energy and definition, not to mention a deeply spicy quality and more obvious iron-like minerality and gaminess than the 2011 version. Still a baby, this remarkable, tightly wound Syrah boasts a slowly mounting, palate-staining finish and perfectly buffered tannins. Exceptional--and built for a long life in bottle. (ST)
Hard to imagine a wine with more flavor and moving parts, with explosive fruit jumping from the glass. Rich, layered and exotic, this is loaded with tiers of flavor, offering dark berry, espresso, new leather and cracked pepper, then creamy oak, espresso and dried herb. Sails on and, yes, it's tannic. Best from 2014 through 2030. (JL)
A monumental effort meriting a perfect score, the super-rich 2010 Chateauneuf du Pape Vieilles Vignes is a 4,000-bottle blend of 50% Grenache, 40% Mourvedre and 10% Syrah from 55- to 105-year-old vines and was aged for 18 months in small oak. The wine offers majestic blackberry and cassis fruit intermixed with kirsch, licorice and subtle Provencal herbs in the background. It is akin to chewing meat in the mouth given its viscosity and thickness. This utterly amazing wine comes close to being over the top, but it pulls back just in time. A massive Chateauneuf du Pape (even for a 2010), it needs 5-6 years of cellaring and should age effortlessly for 25-30 years. Bravo! (RP)
Opaque purple. Deeply pitched aromas of dark berry liqueur, cherry-cola, lavender and vanilla, with a spicy topnote. Fleshy, palate-staining blueberry and cassis flavors are lifted by juicy acidity and pick up a smoky quality with air. Supple and expansive on the endless finish, which strongly echoes the dark fruit and vanilla notes. (JR)
Ripe and packed, but well-focused, with a broad beam of linzer torte and boysenberry fruit backed by graphite, violet and pastis notes. Picks up plenty of muscle and toasted spice on the finish, showing lots of latent depth in reserve. Very solid. Best from 2014 through 2024. (JM)
The 2010 Nuits St. Georges Les Murgers boasts an incredibly expressive bouquet and gorgeous layers of dark red berry and plum flavors. The wine is quite open and inviting at present, but I imagine it will firm up in bottle. Exotic spiced notes wrap around the creamy, textured finish. This is a promising 1er Cru from Hudelot-Noellat. (AG)
Good bright medium red. Sexy, soil-inflected aromas of cherry, redcurrant, strawberry, tobacco, cinnamon and licorice. Intensely floral and precise, with ripe acidity framing the flavors of red berries, game, earth and resiny herbs. Conveys a saline impression of extract. Finishes with a broad dusting of tannins and excellent length and lift. This very pretty wine retained its supple mid-palate texture for 72 hours in the recorked bottle. (ST)
Fabulous aromas of blueberry, spice, and iron character. Pure fruit. Full body with wonderfully integrated tannins and a mineral, blackberry and iron undertone. I love the balance with this wine. So delicious now. Fresh. Cabernet sauvignon with splash of petit verdot and cabernet franc.
The 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon Tychson Hill Vineyard has plenty of blue and black fruit characteristics as well as an endearing, lush opulence. This 2011 is disarming in its charming softness, roundness and medium-bodied, richly fruity style. A hint of lavender is noticeable, but this is not herbaceous, vegetal or astringent. Enjoy it over the next 10-12 years. (RP)
Deep, bright ruby. Reticent but pure nose opens with air to show highly complex scents of blackberry, blueberry, licorice, graphite, rosemary, mocha and wet rock. Very pretty, slightly wild flavors of black fruits, juniper berry and violet are very young and wound up but already convey a strong impression of the site. Finishes with edgy tannins that will require patience. The estate did a lot of crop thinning to eliminate the underripe berries and hasten the ripening process for the rest (the wine is actually 14.8% alcohol in bottle). Boasts terrific definition and avoids the greenness shown by so many Cabernets from this vintage. This vintage marked the latest harvest here: between October 16 and 19. 93+ points. (ST)
The 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon Tychson Hill opens with the most exquisite of aromatics. Sage, rosemary, graphite, tobacco, menthol, black cherries, plums all flesh out in a dark, voluptuous wine loaded with class. The interplay of savory notes with layers of fruit is simply breathtaking. Vivid, nuanced and beautifully structured, the 2011 is firing on all cylinders. There is a level of aromatic lift and pure finesse that is simply striking. Hints of orange peel and white pepper add an exotic flair on the close. Tychson Hill is Cabernet Sauvignon with splashes of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Shades of the 2001 linger in the empty glass. (AG)
Well-focused on a core of blackberry, mineral, spice, road tar, black licorice and cigar box flavors, this is restrained and balanced, with tannins that are firm without being weighty. Drink now through 2022. (JL, Web-2014)
Extremely aromatic with lead pencil and hints of currant undertone. Full body, with silky tannins and a very, very long finish. The texture is just right. This is so racy and refined with fabulous texture. I love the savory character. A wine with a solid core of fruit and super silky tannins. It is beautiful and dense yet refined.
Composed of 49% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot, 10% Petit Verdot and 6% Cabernet Franc, the 2011 Proprietary Red Cariad exhibits a deep ruby/purple color along with aromas of tapenade, barbecue smoke, black currants, sweet cherries, baking spices and licorice. Medium-bodied and fleshy with delicious fruit, it showcases the endearing, upfront charm of this vintage where the wines are well-made. Drink it over the next decade. (RP)
Saturated deep ruby. Very backward, brooding aromas of blackcurrant, black raspberry and minerals. Richer, denser and sweeter than the Tychson Hill and IX Estate bottlings but youthfully shut down in bottle (these wines were bottled last June and July). Shows outstanding breadth and definition to the flavors of dark berries, menthol and bitter chocolate. Finishes with substantial broad, youthfully drying tannins and a lingering note of bitter chocolate. I would not be surprised if this wine needed at least seven or eight years in bottle to approach peak drinkability. (ST) 94+
The 2011 Cariad is dark, powerful and intense. Expressive ferrous notes lead to dark red fruit, smoke, licorice, tobacco and orange peel in an exotic, full-bodied wine. There is plenty of stuffing and mid-palate richness, but today the 2011 is raw in its intensity. Ideally the 2011 needs a few more years in bottle. Stylistically, the 2011 is a bit of a departure from past vintages. Because of the challenging weather, Colgin relied more on fruit from David Abreu's Thorevilos more than Madrona Ranch, which gives the wine a distinct sense of Howell Mountain intensity and minerality that is a bit out of character. This is also the first time the Cabernet Sauvignon percentage is under 50%. Readers will have to be patient with the 2011, but there is plenty to look forward to. The blend is 49% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot, 10% Petit Verdot and 6% Cabernet Franc. (AG) 94+
Shows a rounder, more graceful texture than most 2011s, with pure blackberry, black licorice, road tar and cigar box notes, holding a tight focus and ending with a persistent, lingering finish. Drink now through 2022. (JL)
Fabulous blackberries, fresh mushrooms, wet concrete and oyster shells. Full-bodied, dense and wonderfully textured. Fantastic mouthfeel. Great finish. Goes on for minutes.
The 2014 Proprietary Bettina has a much more saturated purple than the DB4 (I believe all of this comes from purchased fruit from David Abreu’s various vineyards in Napa). Loads of forest floor and graphite, blackberry and blueberry fruit dominate the complex set of aromatics. Like most 2014s, there is a softness and lushness, a full-bodied opulence and a long, long finish. This is impressive and beautifully approachable already, but promises to keep for 12-15 more years. (RP)
Tasted from a preliminary blend, the 2014 Bettina speaks to finesse, elegance and purity. Sweet red cherry, cranberry, mint, cinnamon and rose petal all grace the palate in an utterly exquisite, translucent wine endowed with magnificent pedigree and class. Where will the 2014 go? The sky's the limit. (AG)
Fabulous blackberries, fresh mushrooms, wet concrete and oyster shells. Full-bodied, dense and wonderfully textured. Fantastic mouthfeel. Great finish. Goes on for minutes. (JL)
Finally in the bottle, the 2011 Proprietary Red Cappella is showing even better than it did from barrel last year (a common occurrence at Abreu). The 2011, which includes more Merlot than usual because of the cold growing season, reveals terrific notes of espresso roast, chocolate, forest floor, incense, and blackberry and cassis fruit. This broad, round effort is an opulent, fruit-forward, supple, luscious wine that should drink well for 10-15 years. (RP)
The 2011 Cappella is about as soft and approachable a young Abreu wine as readers will come across. Savory herbs and ferrous notes add nuance in a pretty, accessible wine that will drink well pretty much upon release. I am quite surprised how expressive the Cappella is today. (AG)
The 2011 Syrah Dark Blossom showed even better from bottle than barrel. A blend of 84% Syrah, 8% Grenache, 4% Petite Sirah and the rest Roussanne and Petite Manseng, this beauty was fermented with 17% whole clusters and aged in equal parts new and used French oak. One of the shining successes in the vintage, it’s a full-bodied, concentrated and layered Syrah that has awesome aromatics of blackcurrants, Peking duck, pepper, licorice and charcuterie in its seamless, thrillingly pure profile. As with Manfred’s other 2011s, the tannins are certainly present, yet they’re sweet, polished and have no hard edges. Give this beauty 2-3 years in the cellar and enjoy bottles through 2031. (JD)
Opaque purple. Deep, lush and pungent on the nose, with powerful scents of cassis, boysenberry, singed plum and violet. Then smooth and sweet on the palate, offering intense black and blue fruit flavors and a hint of vanilla, with lively acidity adding lift and focus. Finishes lush, concentrated and extremely long, with lingering flavors of boysenberry and blackberry liqueur. There's 50% new French oak here but it's well-hidden underneath the wine's powerful fruit. (JR)
The 2011 Syrah Dark Blossom is dark, mysterious and wonderfully inviting. Black fruit, savory herbs, leather and spice meld together in a deep, dense wine that is constantly changing in the glass. Savory overtones add intrigue. The firm, muscular 2011 tannins are going to need time to soften. Readers lucky enough to find the 2011 can look forward to years of thrilling drinking. (AG)
Starting with the Grenache release, the 2012 Grenache Stein is a blend of 76% Grenache, 16% Syrah, and 8% Mourvedre, aged in 14% new French oak (15% was in concrete), that comes mostly from the estate's Eleven Confessions Vineyard in the Sta. Rita Hills, but also includes grapes from the Cumulus, Third Twin (Syrah) and Bien Nacido vineyards. Checking in at 15.7% alcohol, it's no lightweight, yet it has considerable elegance in its sweet blackcurrants, white pepper, licorice, baking spices and hints of violet-like aromas and flavors. Possessing the hallmark purity of the estate, it's full-bodied, concentrated, rich and textured, with sweet tannin barely noticeable on the finish. I don't think it's one of the greatest Grenaches from the estate, yet it's still an incredible effort that will benefit from short-term cellaring and have 15-20 years or more of overall longevity. (JD)
The 2012 Grenache Stein is incredibly refined, silky and pure, with bright red and blue-hued fruits. Today, the flavors are primary, so readers will have to be patient get the full breadth of aromas, flavors and textures. The Stein is a decidedly feminine, gracious Grenache that impresses for its textural beauty and nuance. I imagine it will provide a long and broad drinking window of pure pleasure over the next 15-20 years. This is an absolutely gorgeous wine from Sine Qua Non. The final blend is 76% Grenache, 16% Syrah and 8% Mourvèdre; 53% from Eleven Confessions, 29% from Cumulus, 9% The Third Twin and 9% Bien Nacido. The 2012 was done with 29% whole clusters and will spend around 22 months in French oak (14%) prior to its scheduled bottling this summer. (AG)
A step up from the Grenache, the blockbuster-styled 2012 Syrah Stock checks in as a blend of 84% Syrah, 7% Grenache, 6% Petit Sirah, and the rest Viognier and Mourvedre, that was fermented with 32% whole clusters and aged in just over half new French oak. It offers stunning notes of blackcurrants, cassis, smoked meats, ground pepper and wild herbs to go with a full-bodied, unctuous, layered, yet always graceful and elegant feel on the palate. Nicely structured, with perfect overall balance, it still has the open-knit character of the vintage, yet has plenty of underlying structure, which at the moment is slightly hidden by the wine's lavish fruit. It will be better in 2-3 years, and have two decades of overall longevity. (JD)
The 2012 Syrah Stock has come together beautifully since I last tasted it a year ago. In particular, the Stock seems to have gained a measure of focus and precision I did not see back then. The inclusion of 32% whole clusters is felt in the wine's floral, savory aromatics and overall sense of freshness. The spherical, creamy finish alone is simply stunning. This is a fabulous showing. The 2012 is 84% Syrah, 7% Grenache, 6% Petite Sirah, 1% Mourvèdre and 2% Viognier, done with 32% whole clusters. The wine spent about 21 months in French oak, 52% new. Vineyard sources are 47% Eleven Confessions, 27% Cumulus, 17% Third Twin and 9% White Hawk. 96+ points. (AG)
A wine that flirts with perfection, the 2012 Cumulus Vineyard #6 is an interesting blend of 38% Syrah, 37% Grenache, 17.4% Petite Sirah and the rest Mourvedre that saw 33 months in 54% new French oak. There’s a tiny 191 cases made, and it’s one of the most singular, exotic wines I’ve tasted. Spice, cedar, chocolate, exotic flowers and an assortment of dark fruits all emerge from this full-bodied, layered blend that hits the palate with serious richness and depth. Yet, like all truly great wines, it’s light, ethereal and never, ever heavy. There’s big structure here as well, so forget bottles for 3-4 years and enjoy over the following 15+ years. (JD)
One of the highlights in this tasting, the 2012 Next of Kyn - No. 6 belongs to a group of vintages including 2007 and 2009 that are all about suppleness and raciness. Bright, perfumed and nicely lifted, the 2012 is also quite delicate. Grenache plays an important role in the blend, and that comes through in the wine’s silky, punchy fruit. Further time in bottle will allow the aromatics to develop more fully, but the 2012 is absolutely delicious today. Moreover, its sense of poise is truly exceptional. This retrospective tasting provided a great opportunity to revisit the first seven releases of Manfred and Elaine Krankl’s Next of Kyn. As compelling as the Krankls’ Sine Qua Non wines are, I have always found Next of Kyn to be just as fascinating, especially in recent years. This vertical only served to reinforce that impression. (AG)
An extraordinarily spicy, fresh and ripe nose features notes of dark Pinot fruit, floral, sandalwood and exotic pekoe tea. There is excellent phenolic maturity to the supporting structure that is remarkably fine-grained which adds to the overall sense of refinement present on the delicious yet powerful and altogether serious middle weight plus flavors that terminate in a gorgeously persistent finish. Like the Clos de Vougeot this is going to require ample cellaring for it to reveal its full, and considerable, potential.
The 2012 Echézeaux Grand Cru from Etienne Grivot has an engaging, well defined bouquet with dusky black fruit, hints of white fennel and Provençal herbs - complex, the kind of nose you just want to keep on nosing! The palate is medium-bodied with crisp black cherry and blackcurrant fruit, a little hardness on the entry although that should soften with time. It is a compact Echézeaux, yet one that is well balanced and one that should repay long-term cellaring. Expect this to blossom in the future. (NM)
Bright dark red. Aromas of musky raspberry, rose petal and coffee. Sappy, precise and deep, showing outstanding cut and lift to its flavors of crushed red raspberry and dried flowers. Like the Clos Vougeot this conveys an impression of great vivacity, but this one is in a more feminine, weightless style. The whiplash of a finish, which features noble tannins, leaves the palate vibrating with flavors of red licorice, wild herbs, mint and smoky minerality. (ST)
High-toned aromas and flavors of flowers, cherry and raspberry are boosted by the vibrant structure. Pure, balanced and persistent, with fine length echoing the sweet fruit. Best from 2018 through 2032. (BS)
What a gorgeous wine with blackberry, black currant, blueberry, and pine needles. Complex savory undertones. Sweet tobacco. Mushroom. Full body, ultra-fine tannins. It goes on for minutes. This really has purity and refinement.
From the original Oakville estate, the 2013 Proprietary Red (which spends most of its time in T-5 Taransaud as well as Darnajou new oak) is a blend of 59% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Cabernet Franc and 6% Petit Verdot. It is a magnificent wine, tasting like a Pauillac from Oakville. The wine has notes of cedar wood, fruitcake, graphite, incense and charcoal embers interwoven with blackberry, cassis and unsmoked cigar tobacco. Full-bodied and multi-layered, with exceptional purity and depth, its great intensity and richness make this a prodigious effort that should drink well for 30 or more years. (RP)
The 2013 Futo opens with exquisite aromatics that give the wine gorgeous lift and presence. Mocha, espresso, raspberry jam, graphite, leather and cedar wrap around the palate. Deep, implosive and beautifully textured throughout, the 2013 is a total model of class. Today, the 2013 is dark, brooding and in need of cellaring, but it is a special wine. The blend is 59% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Cabernet Franc and 6% Petit Verdot, with the Franc particularly expressive at this stage. (AG)
The 2013 Cumulus Vineyard #7 (45% Syrah, 29% Grenache, 15% Petite Sirah and the balance Mourvèdre, Touriga Nacional and Roussanne) is a killer wine that delivers the that rare mix of hedonistic and intellectual pleasure that’s almost impossible to find outside of this address. Notes of cassis, violet, iris, toasted spices and caramelized cherries all emerge from the glass. Full-bodied, unctuous and decadent, yet seamless and silky, with no weight, it has ultra-fine tannin and a finish that won’t quit. This is a tour de force in wine that deserve 3-4 years of bottle age and will keep for another decade or more. I loved the 2013s from Manfred Krankl, and these are reminiscent of the 2010s (as are the 2015s). (JebDunnuck.com)
The 2013 Cumulus Vineyard #7 is blended of 45% Syrah, 29% Grenache, 15% Petite Sirah, 5% Mourvèdre, 4.5% Touriga Nacional and 1.5% Rossanne, using 58% whole clusters. It sports a deep garnet-purple color with a sexy spiced plums, black cherry coulis and blackberry tart-laced nose accented by hints of tea, dried Provence herbs, mocha, spice box and eucalypt. The bold, powerful, outspoken palate delivers concentrated black fruits and savory layers framed by firm yet fine-grained, velvety tannins and bags of freshness, finishing with lingering baking spice and mineral notions. Full and fresh with plenty of spices and wonderful length. Owned and operated by Manfred and Elaine Krankl, Next of Kyn is the entirely separate operation from Sine Qua Non, coming from their 'home' Cumulus Vineyard in Ventura. The Krankls commented that the composition of the 7th (2013) and 8th (2014) releases are coming much closer to the original vision for this vineyard and subsequently the wines. It is quite a singular experience to visit here--there really aren’t many other vineyards in the vicinity--the impressive results being a true testament to the vision and dedication of this dynamic duo. (LPB) 97+
The 2013 Next of Kyn - No. 7 Cumulus Vineyard is a real stunner. Rich, explosive and overwhelmingly beautiful, it takes hold of all the senses and never lets go. Even with all of its power and richness, the 2013 retains striking aromatic lift and energy. I would give it another few years to settle down, but it is superb today. This is an extraordinary wine by any measure. Don't miss it. In 2013, the blend is 45% Syrah, 29% Grenache, 15% Petite Sirah, 5% Mourvèdre, 4.5% Touriga Nacional and 1.5% Roussanne, done with 58% whole clusters and aged for 30 months in French oak. (AG)
The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon from MacDonald comes from the To Kalon Vineyard just outside of Oakville. It’s a classic 2014 possessing the purity, elegance, and sheer charm that’s the hallmark of this terrific vintage in the Valley. Crème de cassis, black raspberries, crushed flowers, and incense notes all develop with time in the glass, and while it starts out reticent and lightly textured, it gains incredible depth and length over the evening. This is Napa Valley at its most finesse-driven and elegant, and it’s going to drink beautifully for another two decades.
The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon is the most polished, refined young wine I have tasted at MacDonald. Even so, there is not shortage of depth, but in 2014 the young Cabernet is also exceptionally finessed. Interestingly, the fruit tonalities tend more towards red and purple rather than the bluer shades that are typical here. Rose petal, mint, lavender and red stone fruits build into the tense, brilliant finish. What a gorgeous wine this is. (AG)
A layered and rich red with stone and blackberry. Black licorice, too, as well as some fresh herbs. Full body and a flavorful finish. Just a baby. Shows tension and energy. Better in 2019.
Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon has an earthy, meaty, savory nose with mulberries and plums plus wafts of garrigue. The medium-bodied palate is understated and savory with plenty of chewy tannins and good length. (LPB)
The 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley) is a gorgeous entry-level wine. Pliant and supple, the 2015 offers considerable near and medium term appeal. Mocha, espresso and plum flesh out in this ample, juicy Cabernet from Rivers-Marie. This is a fabulous appellation-level wine. Don't miss it. (AG)