The 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Special Selection exhibits an opaque purple color, slightly more toasty oak in the aromatics, and explosive richness on the attack, mid-palate and length. The nose is slightly more restrained than in the regular bottling, but there is no doubting the Special Selection is a cut or two above the Napa bottling when it hits the palate. Extraordinary purity of fruit, creme de cassis, licorice and incense all emerge from this full-bodied, iconic classic. It can be enjoyed now and over the next 25+ years. (RP)
A seductive style that's openly fruity, showing supple plum and black cherry notes, with floral scents and spices, turning creamy and gaining a mocha-espresso-vanilla scent that's enticing. Finishes with a smooth texture, fine-grained tannins and then another burst of fruit. Drink now through 2025. *Top 100 Wines of 2013* (JL)
The 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Special Selection is, big, rich, voluptuous and totally sexy. Mocha, chocolate, plums, sweet spices and black cherries jump from the glass in this full-bodied, intense wine. This is one of the more immediate wines of the vintage, but all the elements are very nicely balanced. (AG)
Heady and polished, this is a rich Napa Valley Cabernet focused on sweet black fruit. It’s based on a mix of owned and leased vineyards in eight Napa sub-AVAs, 75 percent in the valley, the balance on hillsides or higher into the mountains. New French oak comes across in scents of espresso-roast coffee and cedar, while the fruit has blue-black depths of plum skin. It’s tight and relatively austere for this style of Napa Valley Cabernet, needing bottle age to show its best.
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