Even more impressive is the 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, a richer, fuller wine with the same structural profile as the 2009, but with deeper, more concentrated black currant, licorice, incense and floral characteristics. Deep, pure, textured and multidimensional, this opaque purple-colored 2010 is sensational. Drink it over the next 20 years. Both wines are multi-AVAs from five vineyards spread across Napa Valley.
Buccella's 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon is drop-dead gorgeous. Violets, mint, crushed rocks, licorice and smoke jump from the glass in a vibrant, focused Cabernet loaded with class. The trademark Buccella richness is there, but the 2010 has a level of pure energy I have never seen here before. Blackberry jam, graphite, smoke and pencil shavings linger on the finish. This is an exceptional Caberent Sauvignon made in a rich, opulent style with fabulous balance and tons of personality. The 2010 is 90% Cabernet Sauvignon with dollops of Malbec, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc, aged 22 months in French oak, 80% new. It's great to revist Buccella's 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, a wine that has developed beatifully over the last year. This is a fabulous showing from Buccella, winemaker Rebekah Weinburg and consultant winemaker Celia Welch.
(from multiple vineyard sources, mostly in Coombsville; 90% cabernet sauvignon, 5% malbec, 2% each petit verdot and merlot and 1% cabernet franc; winemaker Rebekah Wineburg destems 100% but ferments whole berries): Good bright medium ruby. High-pitched aromas of blackberry, cassis, violet and tobacco. Concentrated, savory and flavorful but youthfully primary today, showing a slightly syrupy ripeness to its lush black fruit and licorice flavors. Bright acidity (6.6 grams per liter) and a firm tannic spine suggest that this big guy will need at least six or seven years of cellaring.
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