This bottle is drinking quite well at age 18 despite not being stored immaculately. A friend brought this over and had been keeping since buying at the winery. She does not have a wine cellar and has moved a couple of times, so our hopes were guarded. It drank very well. Purple in color with ruby swirls, mostly opaque and bright. The nose has cassis, graphite, and a bit of chocolate. On the palate, this is full bodied. Tannins are all resolved. Layers of black cherry fruit with some dark chocolate and slight earthiness. Good finish. These probably should be consumed over the next
This is a Bordeaux blend from Napa. Purple in color, opaque and bright. The nose has cassis, black cherries, licorice, and spice. Very nice. Full bodied. On the palate, there is black cherries and spice. Moderate tannins. A slight hint of mint on the finish. This is drinking well now but may get a point or two better. It drinks nicely on its own and would work well with a steak or roast.
This is a pretty classic Napa Cab more in the old school style. The label lists 14.3% ABV. Not the wine if you are looking for a big fruit bomb, it is much more restrained. Purple in color, ruby at the rim. Mostly opaque and bright. The nose has cassis, minerality, slight herbal notes and coffee. On the palate, this is medium to full bodied. Cassis fruit over roasted herbs with slight char. Nice finish. This is young and might improve a bit with some ageing. It should continue to mature for another five to seven years and be good for another five to seven more after that. It will
Another winner from this stalwart Napa producer. White gold/silvery in color. The nose has seltzer, minerality, pears and white floral notes. Pretty. Medium bodied. On the palate there is a sort of copper minerality that is very interesting along with the more usual notes of lemon peel, and melon. Good acidity. Fresh. Long finish. This is delicious and refreshing on its own but would work great with chicken salad or other lighter fare/salads. Best to drink in the next few years to enjoy the vibrancy.
This is an exceptional California Merlot. Purple in color, ruby at the rim. The nose has cherries, slight plums, chocolate, cedar and spice. Full bodied. On the palate, cherries, milk chocolate, smoke and spice. Medium tannins. Still very primary, this should continue to mature for the next five to ten years and be good for another ten after that. Drinks great on its own, it would work well with a burger or roast.
Classic Napa Cabernet from a very good vintage. This is a Cab that takes a while to mature and at age 15, it is just hitting that sweet spot. Purple in color. The nose is great with cassis, cedar, a bit of funk, leather and camphor. Complex and enticing. Full bodied but not a bomb at all. The palate is complex and deep without being over done. Cassis layered with earth and leather. Energy and balance. Long finish. Drink this over the next ten to fifteen years. It drinks well on its own but is probably better with food. From a steak to a roast, this would work great.
From the heart of the historic To Kalon Vineyard in Napa. This bottle was opened and allowed to breathe for about 8 hours prior to serving. This was a cooler vintage in Napa, but To Kalon is on the valley floor and gets plenty of sun and warmth. Deep ruby/purple in color. The nose has cassis, black cherries, cedar and spice. Full bodied. On the palate, this is full bodied. It is young but showing some signs of maturity. Cassis, cedar and black cherries intertwined with spice and slight minerality. Lovely texture. Nice finish. This should continue to mature for another five to sev
One of the great Cabernet Franc's in California or the world. From the historic To Kalon vineyard in Napa. Although 2017 was a difficult vintage in Napa, this wine is from the warmer valley floor and Cabernet Franc ripens a bit earlier. No issues here. Deep ruby/purple in color. The nose has black cherries, slight cigar tobacco, hints of roasted bell pepper and baking spice. On the palate, this is full bodied. Medium tannins. Lots of depth, it unwinds in the glass. Flavors of black cherries and earthiness. Nice energy. Long finish. This will continue to mature for the next ten t
Another winner from Maybach. This is expensive but in the rarified air of top Napa Cabs, it is reasonable. Inky purple in color, opaque and bright. The nose has blueberries, gravel, cassis, pencil lead and spice. What a rich and lovely texture. On the palate, cassis and blueberries over a bed of gravel. Medium tannins. This will continue to slowly age for the next fifteen or so years and be good for ten to twenty after that. Delicious. Complex and deep. Long finish. This drinks great on its own now, but will over power all but the biggest dishes. If wishing to serve with dinner,
Another gorgeous wine from Thomas Rivers Brown. This is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot that were co-fermented . Purple in color, opaque and bright. The nose has cassis, black cherries, chocolate and baking spices. Lush and rich texture on a medium to full bodied frame. Very concentrated. Black cherry fruit with cassis with underlying minerality. Long finish. Drinking youthfully but very well. This should continue to mature for another five to seven years and be good for another ten to twelve more after that. It will go well with roasts of all kinds.