This elegantly crafted, balanced wine is marked by fine, pure, ripe blackberry and cassis flavors and aromas with notes of spice, cedar and discreet vanilla set in a silky texture supported by refined tannins.
Wine Advocate 88 points - Composed of 82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc, and small dollops of Syrah, Petit Verdot and Malbec, the 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon is a completely different animal than the Cabernet Franc. It exhibits lots of juicy black fruits intermixed with graphite, licorice and floral notes. The color is a healthy dark ruby/purple, and the wine is medium to full-bodied and nicely concentrated with moderate but soft tannins in the finish. This wine should drink well for 15-20 years. (Oct 2013)
Wine Enthusiast 90 points - This is the winery’s basic Cabernet Sauvignon, but it shows the depth and complexity of their more expensive bottlings. This really exemplifies Napa’s rich, smooth tannins and dramatically ripe black currant, anise and dark chocolate flavors. The vineyards that contributed to the blend are some of the valley’s best. It’s a blend of all five classic Bordeaux varieties, with 1% Syrah. (Nov 2013)
Winemaker's Notes: Dark black in color, the nose gives aromas of fresh raspberries and ripe, red cherries with notes of vanilla and cocoa powder. Background notes come through over time of roasted coffee bean and a touch of pencil lead. The palate is smooth and rich with ripe, developed tannins giving the wine a full arc in the mouth and giving flavors of blackberry and a hint of smoky, sweet oak.