From the vineyard that helped propel the appellation’s reputation into the stratosphere, this wine delivers both in terms of its historical significance, but also in present-day refinement and complexity. A flinty, earthy layer of black truffle and coffee open the aromatic profile of the wine before offering bold, brawny flavors of leather and black currant. The oak is well integrated and the tannins sizable yet behaved. This is a beautiful wine. *Editors’ Choice* (VB)
The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Fay Vineyard boasts loads of black cherry and black raspberry fruit, a floral characteristic common to this terroir, a beautiful deep ruby/purple color, sweet tannin and a dramatic, lush, Margaux-like finish. This is sexy, lush, full-throttle wine to drink over the next 10-15 years. (RP)
Impressive, with a rich, juicy core of black currant, blackberry, dusty earth and savory underbrush, giving this an expansive, wellfocused range of flavors. Drink now through 2028. (JL)
The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon FAY is a supple, sexy wine that will drink well with minimal cellaring. Crème de cassis, blueberry jam, licorice, cloves and mint are all pushed forward in a creamy, expressive Cabernet built on opulence, depth and resonance. I can't think of too many 2013 Cabernets that are this enjoyable right now, although the flavors are naturally intensely primary. (AG)
Very classy claret on the nose. Polished and sweet. Dry finish. 17.5/20 points
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2013 Chateau Ste. Michelle "Cold Creek Vineyard" Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (Elsewhere $30)