The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Bone Ash Vineyard, which comes from their estate in Calistoga, shows great blackberry and cassis fruit, nice minerality, a floral component, subtle new oak and a full-bodied, expansive mouthfeel. This wine should drink well for 30 years and be approachable within 5-6 years. (RP) 96+
From the producer's own dry-farmed estate, this is a concentrated, full-bodied expression of the grape at its best, dense in chocolate and blackberry, almost syrup-like in its heady, brambly style. Burly integrated tannin create a significant foundation of weight and length, that's completely ready to be enjoyed now, yet may take on further nuance through 2023. *Cellar Selection* (VB)
A stylish expression of Cabernet accented by limestone and subtle, earth-laced dark berry, licorice and cedary oak flavors. Flexes some muscle, with a firm, tannic backbone. Most impressive is the persistence of the flavors. Drink now through 2028. (JL)
There is no lack of fruity substance or mass nor any shortage of rich oak here, yet, while the wine is deep, dense and expressive, it is never brash or top-heavy and shows fine overall balance for a wine of its weight. It is, to be sure, rich stuff by any measure and makes no claim to delicacy, but it has the fruity heart to evolve effortlessly and find a measure of polish in its future, even if it may take six to ten years to arrive.
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