*Cellar Selection* Very fine, but tough at this time, a Cabernet that needs serious cellar time. Is it an ager? Pretty guaranteed, to judge by the big, ripe, lockdown tannins, the savory acids, and the core of sweet, sap-rich black currants. Lots of sweet new oak, too, but a wine of this size needs it. Best 2010–2015.
From the northern end of Napa Valley, literally in the shadow of Mt. St. Helena, this hillside Cabernet Sauvignon made by winemaker Mark Herold reveals a loamy, earthy, almost gritty style with a dense purple color, a full-bodied, chewy mouthfeel, and lots of plum, licorice, black currant and Chinese black tea-like notes. Fleshy and full, but not showing as much complexity as I would have thought when I first tasted it, this is a big, brooding, formidably endowed wine that should develop even further in another 4-5 years. Its impressive length and texture give high hopes for future development. (90+, RP)
Rustic and almost Rhône-like, yet still appealing for its meat, blackberry and charred herb notes and deep, savory flavors. (Web-2006)
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