*Cellar Selection* Beautiful in every respect, this has ripe flavors of blackberries, blueberries and cassis. It shows the classic Oakville structure of firm, hard tannins, elegance and ageworthiness. Made from 100% Cabernet, it will reward holding until at least 2018.
The 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Branding Iron Vineyard is one of the richest and most powerful wines in this lineup from Nickel & Nickel. At the same time, it has plenty of near-term appeal. A dark, voluptuous wine, the 2009 flows with the essence of blueberry jam, blackberries, black currants, cloves, vanillin and violets. The Branding Iron is the most overtly fruit driven of Nickel and Nickel’s 2009s, yet there is plenty of underlying structure in the tannins. Ideally readers should give the 2009 another few years in the cellar to allow the tannins to start melting away. Anticipated maturity: 2017-2029. (AG)
Full ruby-red. Aromas of black cherry, licorice and spices complicated by medicinal herbs. Velvety and seamless in the mouth, combining a creamy richness with youthfully medicinal dark fruit and spice flavors. This chewy, concentrated wine finishes very long, with tooth-coating tannins that call for a good five or six years of cellaring. Strong potential here. 93+ (ST)
A rough and tumble effort for now, but should smooth out, mixing rich dried currant and dark berry with potent loamy earth, dried herb, sage and cedar. Ends with fine detail. Best from 2014 through 2026. (JL)
With its black cherry flavors cushioned by sweetness, this is firm underneath, a soft and easy red to pour with roast beef.
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