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WA 90

The peppery, herbal, black cherry and smoked earth-scented 2014 Pinot Noir Sta. Rita Hills is rich, textured and balanced on the palate, with bright acidity and a clean, gulpable style that keeps you coming back to the glass. It has excellent complexity, plenty of fruit and will drink nicely for 4-5 years.

- Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate (Aug, 2016)
V 91

The 2011 Chardonnay Barrel Fermented boasts gorgeous textural depth and volume. Varietal notes flesh out in a wine that shows tons of Clos Pepe character in its brightness, but with an additional layer of complexity from the fermentation in barrel. This is the first Clos Pepe Chardonnay to see a touch of new oak, 5% in this vintage. The flavors are a little broader than in the Hommage, but the style is quintessentially Clos Pepe and 2011.

- Antonio Galloni, Vinous
WA 92, WS 91, WE 91

The 2013 Chardonnay Dierberg Vineyard is a smoking white from the Santa Maria Valley that was brought up in 15% new 400-liter French oak barrels. Full, bodied, rich and beautifully textured, with lots of buttered apple, melon, spice and creamy notes, it stays crisp and clean on the finish. Drink this full-flavored, beautifully made Chardonnay over the coming 4-5 years.

- Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate (Aug, 2015)
WA 91

The 2014 Chardonnay No. 81 is scented of ripe apples and peaches with hints of cedar, baking bread, marzipan and ginger. Medium to full-bodied and silken textured, it offers a great concentration of clean, ripe stone fruit flavors with some savory characters coming thorough on the long finish.

- Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate (Feb, 2017)
WS 88

Displays a charming savory side that commingles with dusty berry, gravel and brick notes. Supple in texture until the very end, where the tannins give the flavors traction. Drink now through 2024.

- James Laube, Wine Spectator (Aug, 2016)
WS 91

Starts trim and focused, and then the fruit accelerates and expands, with a burst of spicy raspberry, fresh earth, wilted rose and black licorice. The texture smooths out, but this is appealing for the zesty personality and fine-grained tannins. Drink now.

- James Laube, Wine Spectator (2016)
WA 92

The 2013 Syrah Roasted Slope Vineyard is a rock-star blend of 92% Syrah and 8% Viognier that saw 30% whole clusters during fermentation and 18 months in 10% new French oak. It's a classic, pure and layered beauty that exudes notions of black raspberries, peach pit, violets, pepper and spice in a medium-bodied, elegant and seamless style. The purity of fruit is what really sets this apart, and while it's singing already, it should evolve nicely through 2023.

Andrew Murray is on a roll and these latest releases are all superb. All of the wines have distinctive, individual characters and are impeccably made. In addition, they all represent killer values. If you haven't tried the wines from here yet, now is certainly time taste for yourself!

- Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate (Aug, 2015)

This wine is filled with aromas of black cherries coupled with forest floor, subtle earthiness, loam, and notes of damp redwoods. On the palate the wine is rich and velvety with lingering hints of sage, plum and allspice. This Pinot Noir shows the cool season but with depth and intensity. This wine will age with grace for 5-10 years.
WE 93

Rich sugar-apple and pear tart provide warmth and decadence to this wine. Despite its voluptuous nature, the wine is also layered and complex in intriguingly satisfying ways. A touch of ripe peach and salty pretzel figure into the mix quietly, yet harmoniously.

- Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast (Nov, 2016)
WE 92

Medium in build and high in minerality, this fruity, dark-cherry wine is tethered by sizable oak and tannin. It finds its balance midway through, before offering a substantial finish.

- Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast (Dec, 2015)
WE 93, WA 92

The 2014 Chardonnay Double L Vineyard is a cellar selection from their estate vineyard and incorporates eight different clones. Brought up in 30% new French oak, it's a rich, textured and concentrated beauty that has terrific purity and freshness in its orchard fruits, toasty oak and baked apple aromas and flavors. It has a Montrachet-like vibe and will drink well for 4-5 years at a minimum.

- Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate (Sept, 2016)
WA 92

Another savory, peppery effort, the 2012 Pinot Noir Rancho la Vina Vineyard has a solid core of black raspberry and cassis-scented fruit to go with plenty of sous bois, wild herbs and tapenade on the nose. Medium-bodied, beautifully balanced and graceful on the palate, it has polished tannin, nicely integrated acidity and a great finish. Like the Las Hermanas, it has plenty of stem influence, yet has everything in the right proportions, lots of charm, and is a joy to drink. Fermented with 70% stems and aged 20 months in 30% new French oak, drink it anytime over the coming 5-7 years.

- Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate (Aug, 2015)
WE 91

Softly floral and brightly spicy, this wine rocks in red cherry and tangy citrus, sure to please a broad range of palates in its approachable elegance and restraint. Toasted vanilla oak rounds out the finish.

- Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast (Oct, 2016)
WS 93, WA 92

Plump fruit meets lively acidity and good structure. Floral cherry, river stone and spiced cinnamon aromas open to rich, sleekly complex raspberry and tarragon flavors. Drink now through 2026.

- Virginie Boone, Wine Spectator (May, 2017)
WS 92

A graceful, elegant style that impresses with nuance and finesse, offering subtle smoky, toasty oak and leesy, yeasty notes that add dimension to the fig and apricot flavors. Drink now.

- James Laube, Wine Spectator (Feb, 2017)
WA 90

Opening with apricot, guava and honey toast scents with a waft of butterscotch, the 2015 Chardonnay Dutton Ranch has a medium body laden with ripe stone fruit and toast flavors, marked by a lively backbone and finishing clean and fresh.

- Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate (April, 2017)
WA 92+, WE 92

Another terrific wine from this estate is the 2014 Lucienne Pinot Noir Doctor's Vineyard. Fresh, focused and vibrant, with nicely integrated acidity giving plenty of lift to notes of black cherries, sappy herbs and spring flowers, it has fine grained tannin, excellent concentration and a great finish. It will be better in a year or two (which is a rarity in 2014) and keep through 2024.

- Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate (Sept, 2016)
WE 92, WS 91

Baked black cherry, rare roast beef and light sage aromas show on the dynamic, earthy nose of this bottling by Winemaker Paul Clifton. Garrigue is prominent on the tip of the sip, with strong but not overripe black cherry and plum flavors. These lead into forest floor, juniper, pine needle and mulling spice on the finish.

- Matt Kettmann, Wine Enthusiast (March, 2017)
WA 90+

Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve is scented of baked cherries, black currant cordial and dark chocolate with hints of bay leaves, cedar and cloves. Full-bodied with a solid structure of firm, chewy tannins and uplifting acidity, the palate provides a great core of black berry and earth flavors, finishing long with an herbal lift.

- Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate (April, 2017)
WE 89

There's a lot of rust and blood aromas on the nose of this wine, with pencil lead and black slate keeping up that mineral-driven sensibility. The flavors are light and earthy, with juniper laced across a strawberry-blossom core, showing a touch of black olive and crushed sage as well.

- Matt Kettmann, Wine Enthusiast (Dec, 2015)
WE 88

Richly intense, this wine wraps thick textures of caramel and toffee around tropical mango. The full body celebrates ripeness while finding enough restraint.

- Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast (Feb, 2016)
WE 94

From a selection of vineyards influenced heavily by fog, this wine shines in fleshy, expansive stone fruit and brightly integrated flavors of apple and pear. With a focused, velvety and juicy texture, it retains plenty of balance against a backdrop of elegant richness.

- Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast (Feb, 2017)
WA 90

An excellent value is undoubtedly the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, a blend of 82% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Malbec, Petit Verdot and Merlot. For $55.00 one rarely finds this level of quality in Napa. The wine has a dense purple color, a good sweet kiss of crème de cassis, blackberry and licorice. Graphite makes an appearance in this medium to full-bodied, delicious wine that can be drunk now or cellared for 10-15 years.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Dec, 2016)
WA 90

The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Mario's (14.8% alcohol) shows soft tannins in an up-front, forward dramatic style in keeping with this vintage. The wine has medium to full body, low acidity and loads of black and red currant fruit. Drink it over the next 8-10 years.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate, (Dec, 2015)
WS 90

There's much to admire in this rich, savory, layered and well-fruited effort, featuring bold dark berry, anise, mocha and jazzy oak flavors. Deep and persistent. Drink now.

- James Laube, Wine Spectator (Nov, 2016)
San Francisco legend tells of a French restaurant in the gold rush days of the city named Le Poulet d'Or. Though beloved by the patrons come down from the gold fields, many had a hard time pronouncing the unfamiliar language of the restaurant's name. Some began to simply call it Old Poodle Dog and soon that's what it became. Our wine is an homage to that spirit of our favorite city that learns from the traditions of others and creates something new and delicious from it.

2/3 Coombsville fruit, rest Yountville Cross Road and Diamond Mountain. Nose: cinnamon dusted black cherries, cocoa powder, tar and wheat toast. Taste black currants, more black cherries, pie spice, tobacco and mocha. Big, youthful finish of both flavor and tannins. A “serious” Napa Cab for a not-so-serious price. 8% combined Merlot, Malbec & Petit Verdot.
Complex and evolving from first taste, unique aromas of granite, brambly fruit, mixed berry cobbler, forest floor and smoke open from the glass. More aromas abound; black plums and boysenberry compote that carry through to the palate that is lush, rich, big and brawny. The finish is lingering and persistent and the wine is definitely addictive.
WS 91

A supple, graceful style, deceptively elegant and understated, with crushed rock and mineral supporting crushed raspberry and black cherry, ending with a dash of anise. Drink now through 2023. 690 cases made.

- James Laube, Wine Spectator (Sept, 2012)
Dark garnet in color, the wine opens with a combination of raspberry fruit, spice, cinnamon with a hint of clove. On the pallet the clove leads into a blast of bing cherry, raspberry, spice and hints of cola. This wine has bright acidity and great balance that leads to a long cherry fruit finish. This wine also has enough tannins to allow to age well. Best from 2013 through 2020.
WS 92

Dark-hued, rich and spicy, with an enticing core of mocha-laced blackberry, cherry, spice and floral scents. Ends as it begins, bold and rich. Drink now through 2026.

- James Laube, Wine Spectator (March, 2017)

WS 92

Delightfully rich and expressive, with tiers of dark blackberry, mocha, licorice and cherry. Broad and lingering on the deep and persistent finish. Drink now.

- James Laube, Wine Spectator (March, 2017)
WA 91

The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Tre Vigneti is the softest and most accessible of the Cabernet Sauvignons, with a dark purple color, notes of blackcurrants and creamy oak, a luscious, medium to full-bodied mouthfeel, excellent purity, and good texture and length. It is relatively dramatic and evolved, so drink it over the next 10-12 years.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Oct, 2015)
WE 91

A sizable percentage of Merlot is blended in here, as well as much smaller amounts of Petit Verdot, Zinfandel and Malbec. Together, they work, offering a lushness of blackberry jam and chocolate in a medium-bodied package that's smooth, with just the slightest tension of tannin and tobacco.

- Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast (Sept, 2016)
WA 90, WS 90

Another rich, honeyed style of wine fermented and aged in 100% new French oak is the 2013 Chardonnay Gamble Ranch. This has a light gold, greenish-hued color and plenty of white peach, honeysuckle and toasty oak. Medium to full-bodied, with outstanding purity, richness and length, it should keep nicely for 3-4 years.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (March, 2016)
From the outstanding 2012 vintage, this is a big, rich Napa Valley Cabernet with dark fruit and spice aromas and a hearty core of currant and black cherry flavors. The wine has excellent balance, soft tannins and a long finish.
WE 91

A classic Cab blended with smaller handfuls of Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec, this 2011 is balanced and supple in plum, cassis and minty chocolate. The oak is accented in pretty ways by clove, sage and cardamom spice. Structured and soft, the finish is lengthy and the wine perfectly capable of waiting until 2019–2021 in a cellar.

- Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast (Nov, 2014)
JS 93

Aromas of licorice and tar with black currants. Full body, round and silky tannins and a long and flavorful finish. Gorgeous wine. Drink or hold.

- James Suckling (July, 2015)
WE 93, WS 92

From a cool spot planted within classic Goldridge soils, this wine opens with smoky graham cracker and soft red and blue berry fruit. Black tea and clove speak to its site, providing intriguingly exotic and savory undertones that meld well with the fruit and oak. Still young, the wine needs to open for full effect.

- Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast (Sept, 2015)
WE 90

Plum jam and cranberry rise aromatically from the glass, with pretty accents of violet and cedar. Notes of baked bread add a comforting notion, while soft, sticky tannins combine with toasted oak and caramel on the midpalate and finish. There’s a boldness to the structure; drink through 2020.

- Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast (March, 2016)
WA 93-95

Another blockbuster is Tensley's 2014 Syrah Colson Canyon. Yields were down close to 40% for this vineyard in 2014. The only wine to see new oak, it spends roughly 11-16 months in 40% new French oak prior to bottling. It offers incredible notes of graphite, olive tapenade, white pepper and decadent levels of black raspberry that flow beautifully to a full-bodied Syrah that has a huge mid-palate, plenty of tannin and a monster finish. It should have 10-12 years or longevity.

- Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate (Aug, 2015)
WE 93

The producer's flagship wine, this is sourced from several Green Valley sites, including Amber Ridge and Manna. Both contribute a full-bodied wealth of packed-earth flavor in a generously layered, rich explosion of dark cherry, plum and pomegranate. Along the way, streaks of citrus and black tea provide exotic interludes.

- Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast (Dec, 2016)
WS 90

Well-proportioned, tight and smoky, with a firm, structured beam of licorice- and blackberry-tinged fruit. Ends with fine-grained tannins and a long, clean finish. Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Merlot and Petit Verdot. Drink now through 2030.

- James Laube, Wine Spectator (Oct, 2016)
WE 94

A full-bodied, complex and supple-textured wine, this offers plump, ripe black-cherry aromas shaded by hints of forest floor and sautéed mushrooms, along with mild plum and cherry flavors. While soft and soothing on the palate, a fine layer of tannins wraps it up and keeps it appetizing.

- Jim Gordon, Wine Enthusiast (March, 2016)
WA 90

The 2015 Chardonnay Ryo-fu gives toasty oak, honey-nut and butterscotch notes over a guava, honeydew melon and pineapple scented core. Medium-bodied, it offers mouth-filling tropical fruit and oak inspired flavors with a lively line of acid and good length. It is a little old-school, yet nicely done.

- Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate (April, 2017)
Offers a core of rich red and dark berry flavors, shaded by dusty, cedary oak, with a mix of black and red licorice creeping into the mix. Drink now through 2021.
WE 93

Compost, earth and spicy cardamom notes provide the savory intrigue of this full-bodied, expressive wine, with additional pine forest, pomegranate and orange peel flavors that add to its complexity and appeal. Sourced from several vineyards in the heart of the appellation, it represents the vintage and the location well.

- Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast (Aug, 2017)

WA 90-92+

A barrel sample of the 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve looks very promising. An exuberant, boisterous display of creme de cassis, licorice and new oak is followed by a seamlessly constructed, full-bodied, rich wine with loads of black fruits. The acidity provides freshness, the tannins are ripe and well-integrated, and the wood component is nearly concealed by the extravagant quantities of fruit. This winner should drink well for 15-20 years.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Dec, 2013)
This is the second label from the uber sensational winery known as Palmaz vineyards. This Cabernet is a genuine Napa Valley classic with structure and style worthy of its famous heritage. After 86 years abandoned, the Palmaz family resurrected this historic wine. The label design was taken from a rubbing of the 1889 barrel brander. This wine has super silky tannins and bold, delicious fruit in the blackberry and cassis families. An excellent value for the money.
This cellar-worthy treasure has attention-grabbing spice, leather and smoky oak aromas. Ripe fruit flavors are heavily shaded with undeniably delicious accents of cedar and chocolate. It is bold in flavor, full in body and quite tannic in texture. Hold until at least 2018; the wine should improve even more after that.
V 93, WS 92

Appealing for the rich, perfumed apple, pear and melon flavors, with spicy oak giving this another dimension and smoothing out the pithy citrus skin texture. Ends with a minerally aftertaste. Drink now through 2020.

- James Laube, Wine Spectator (July, 2017)
V 96

The 2014 Chardonnay is brilliant. Lemon oil, white flowers, mint, almonds and smoke are all beautifully delineated in this transparent, super-finessed Chardonnay built on total finesse. The decision to pick a touch earlier plus the blocked malo style result in a focused, energetic Chardonnay that hits all the right notes.

- Antonio Galloni, Vinous
Lifted red fruit with no sweetness, and conifer accents with light spice and hints of graphite, Radio Coteau’s La Neblina Pinot carries pleasant depth of character with good acidity, judicious tannin, and lots of length. Delicious and interesting.
V 94

Another highlight in this range, the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Star Lane Vineyard is absolutely delicious. Succulent dark cherry, plum, licorice, menthol and new leather are front and center. The 2013 is a beautiful wine that reconciles bold, racy fruit with the more earthy/savory style that is typical of this site in Happy Canyon.

- Vinous
WA 93

A blend of predominately Cabernet Sauvignon (76%) and Merlot (12%) with some Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec, the 2012 Cyrus has a deep garnet color and slowly evolving nose of crème de cassis, plum preserves and cedar box with hints of underbrush, pencil lead, cloves and charcoal, plus a waft of bay leaves. The medium-bodied palate delivers tons of muscular fruit with a firm frame of grainy tannins and lively acid, finishing long with plenty of berry preserves, herb and earth layers.

- Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate (April, 2017)
V 93, WS 90

The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon is superb. A host of graphite, grilled herbs, licorice and spice meld into a core of inky fruit in a rich, powerful Cabernet Sauvignon that is going to take at least a few years to fully come together. This is an unusually big, opulent wine from Peter Franus, but all the elements are in the right place.

- Antonio Galloni, Vinous (Oct, 2015)
WE 94

A blend from several of the producer's finest vineyards, including Georganne, Flax, Olivet Lane and Klopp, this offers complex notes of smoky lavender and licorice. Velvety texture underlies mouth-coating flavors of blackberry jam, pomegranate and cardamom, finishing tartly in acidity.

- Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast (June, 2017)
V 90-93, WA 92

Expressive floral and spice notes open up first in the 2014 Merlot. Fresh, nuanced and energetic in the style of the year, the 2014 is a highly representative wine for the vintage. The 2014 is not quite as generous as the 2013, but it offers a touch more vibrancy today, not to mention considerable potential.

- Antonio Galloni, Vinous (Oct, 2015)
WA 93, WE 92, V 91

Fermented and aged in 75% new French oak, the 2012 Pinot Noir Estate from Mount Eden has a lot of peppery spice and underbrush characteristics to go with a core of sour cherry and currant fruits on the nose. Medium-bodied, supple, nicely textured, and balanced with bright acidity, it starts out subtle, yet really stretches out nicely on the finish. It also blossoms with time in the glass. Give it 2-3 years and enjoy bottles through 2027.

- Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate (Oct, 2015)
WE 91

Bittersweet at first, with sizable tannins, this Cab also contains 13.8% Petit Verdot. Red and black berries give it a juicy palate atop dusty, chalky tannins and a richness of leather and clove on the finish.

- Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast (Feb, 2016)
Our 2014 Estate Red is soft and rich with a fragrant bouquet of black cherry, black tea and lavender. The palate is plush and round, offering flavors of black currants, tobacco leaf, dark chocolate and leather. As the flavors fan out across the palate, a distinct oak nuance intermingles seamlessly with supple tannins on the long finish. This wine is appealing in its youth, but will also age beautifully over the next 10 years.
WA 88

The 2014 Merlot Emmolo is named after Cheryl Emmolo, Jenny Wagner’s mother, who runs this wine operation. It is a fleshy, dense ruby/purple-colored wine with a full body, loads of fruit and straightforward, chunky, fleshy, consumer-friendly, big, chewy Merlot to drink over the next 7-8 years.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Dec, 2016)
WE 93, WA 90

An outstanding effort, the 2012 Pinot Noir La Rinconada Vineyard has more spice, pepper, crushed rock and dark fruit to go with a pretty, elegant and lightly textured style on the palate. While it's slightly mid-weight through the middle, it has a great texture and fine tannin on the finish. Mostly destemmed and aged 15 months in 50% new French oak, from several hillside blocks in the vineyard, drink it over the coming 3-5 years.

- Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate (Aug, 2015)
WE 92, WS 91

There is a healthy dose of 22% Petit Verdot in this bold, juicy wine, rich in wild raspberry and cassis aromas and flavors. Graphite and chocolate fill out the dense, integrated midpalate, complemented by tangy acidity that provides structure and a hint of grace.

- Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast (Feb, 2017)
WE 91, WS 91, WA 90

Dark and brooding, with bold licorice and wild berry aromas and burly, layered flavors of blackberry, smoky cracked pepper and dark Asian spice. The tannins firm up on the finish. Best from 2017 through 2024.

- Tim Fish, Wine Spectator (Dec, 2015)
The 2014 Bear Flat Merlot combines the berry fruits from a warm region with the savory notes of a cooler growing area. The wine opens with aromas of plum, spice, and forest floor. Juicy fruit flavors pop upon entry and are followed by layered notes of cedar, fine herbs, and black olive. The texture is full, yet so smooth and beautifully balanced that the lingering fruit leaves you yearning for the next sip.
WA 92

Showing lots of savory herbs, dusty earth, spice and darker currant and blackberry-like fruit, it's medium-bodied, nicely textured and structured on the palate, with plenty of mid-palate depth. Given its recent bottling, I suspect it will be better this time next year and have 4-5 years of prime drinking. It was completely de-stemmed and aged 16 months in 50% new French oak.

- Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate (June, 2015)
WS 94

Big and rich, with firm, structured tannins that are powerful and edgy, framing the core of blackberry, black cherry, plum and espresso flavors. An impressive effort. Best from 2019 through 2029.

- James Laube, Wine Spectator (2017)
WA 90

The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, 78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Merlot and 6% Petit Verdot, shows much sweeter tannins, a dense purple color, loads of crème de cassis and vanilla, a medium to full body, attractive opulence, purity and length. This is outstanding Cabernet Sauvignon to drink over the next 12-15 years.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Dec, 2015)
WE 91, WS 90

Golden-honey colored, this wine has toasty toffee oak and full-bodied richness, with a stark layering of citrus and baked apple. Concentrated and thick, it shows its youth and should benefit with time in both the glass and in the bottle.

- Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast (March, 2017)
This Cabernet is sustainably farmed and produced from a blend of our best hillside blocks on Olive Hill Estate. A ripe and masculine Cabernet Sauvignon, with generous amounts of black fruit, cassis and espresso with dark earthy undertones of forest floor and briar. An enticing bouquet of cigar box, cloves and cedar all wrapped with subtle hints of mocha and anise leading to a rich palate of warm caramel, complex yet firm tannins and a long lasting finish.
JS 94, WA 93+

The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Affinity has an inky purple color that is much more saturated than its two predecessors. This is a blend of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot and the rest Petit Verdot, Malbec and Cabernet Franc aged 18 months in 80% new French oak. This is a richer style of wine with much greater density, power and intensity. Opaque to the rim with more tannin, extract and muscle, this is more of a long-term proposition, so I'd suggest giving it 2-4 years of bottle age, and drinking it over the following 20 years.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Dec, 2015)
Bold maroon hued, rich components of moist potting soil, blood orange, black cherry cola and plum skin weave alongside more lofty and high toned expressions of redwood, graphite and black tea. The wine is superbly balanced, with a plush mid-palate core that transitions seamlessly into a broad, fanned out finish with both beautiful clarity and drive.
V 92, IWC 91

The 2009 Pinot Noir is gorgeous. Bright red fruit, flowers, licorice and spices are some of the notes that emerge from this mid-weight, striking Pinot. Though at times a touch closed this shows marvelous mid-palate presence and a long finish that resonates beautifully. There is a reticence from the cool growing season that is totally alluring, as the wine is only showing a part of its ultimate potential at this stage. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2019.

- Antonio Galloni, Vinous (Aug, 2011)
WS 90

Rich without being weighty, offering a subtle presentation of green apple, melon, citrus and cedary nutmeg flavors, with the wood most prominent on the finish. Drink now.

- James Laube, Wine Spectator (July, 2016)
Engaging aromas of lemon verbena, honeysuckle, Bosc pear and a hint of hazelnut are carried by the bright citrus notes of pink grapefruit, lime and Meyer lemon. With a creamy, yet light texture, flavors of tangerine, pink grapefruit, golden delicious apple, pear, thyme and a saline character linger on the palate through a long and bright finish.
WA 93, JS 92

The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon has the essence of cassis, graphite, spice box, gorgeous purity, full-bodied opulence and a long, rich finish with nothing out of place. There’s background oak, but overall, it’s the fruit that dominates and this wine has lots of it, building a nice skyscraper-like mouthfeel. This is a super Cabernet Sauvignon from Macauley. Drink it over the next decade or more.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Oct, 2014)
JS 93, WS 93

This combines power with finesse and grace, with an extracted core of dark berry, loamy earth and crushed rock amid the dried herb and cedar notes. Smooth early on, yet gains tannic traction. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. Drink now through 2028.

- James Laube, Wine Spectator (July, 2016)
WA 90

The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Yao Ming is a blend of 95.33% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Petit Verdot. This has an outstanding aromatic profile of cedar wood, blackcurrants, licorice and forest notes followed by a supple-textured, medium to full-bodied, round, juicy wine that can be drink now or cellared for 10-15 years. This is well-made, clean, pure and well-balanced.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Dec, 2016)
WE 93

This new project from the heights of Atlas Peak involves Steve Matthiasson as both viticulturist and winemaker, having had to take over the reins from the late Denis Malbec. It shines in bristling acidity, dusty tannin and a beautiful floral aroma of violet. Notes of chocolate, fig and cigar sit atop a pillowy, complex structure, while vanilla lingers on the finish.

- Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast (March, 2017)
WE 93

From the producer's iconic and historic vineyard comes this classic bottling, with red cherries, crushed brick, anise, tart plum skin, candied rose water and even a touch of tobacco on the nose. It's crisp and fresh on the sip, where more flavors of red cherry and anise meet with thyme and bay leaf.

- Matt Kettmann, Wine Enthusiast(Oct, 2016)
JS 94

Aromas of berries, stones and light coffee follow through to a medium to full body, integrated tannins and a chocolate, walnut and berry aftertaste. Linear and focused. Nice tension. Better than 2013. Drink or hold.

- James Suckling (Jan, 2017)
WS 90, WA 90

Sleek, jazzy, mocha-infused oak adds a wonderful touch to this firm, dense and chewy effort. The vivid dark berry and licorice notes join loamy earth and dried underbrush details to round out the flavor profile, never straying from the tannic theme. Best from 2019 through 2028. 825 cases made.

- James Laube, Wine Spectator (Nov, 2016)
JS 93

Black currants with sweet tobacco as well as espresso undertones dominate the nose of this Bordeaux blend. On the palate, this wine shows concentration, plenty of tannins and a finish with lots of dark fruits. A blend of 65% cabernet sauvignon, 22% merlot, 9% malbec with the balance of cab franc and petit verdot.

- James Suckling
V 91

Silky tannins and expressive, perfumed aromatics are some of the signatures of the 2013 Pinot Noir Far Coast Vineyard. Bright red stone fruits, blood orange, raspberry and savory/floral notes are all nicely lifted in the glass. The personality of this cool site near Annapolis comes through in spades.

- Vinous (Jan, 2015)
WA 95, V 92-94

One of the bright shining stars in California winedom, their Chardonnays are clearly Burgundian, but with sensational purity and ripeness.The 2013 Chardonnay Stone Cote Vineyard (572 cases produced) is fashioned from a specific block of vines that Don Hartford farms in the well-known Durell Vineyard. Fermented with indigenous yeast, it exhibits lots of white peach, orange blossom, pear and honeysuckle notes in its medium to full-bodied, gorgeously pure, textured personality. With terrific acidity as well as focus, it should drink well for 10+ years.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate
WA 91

The 2013 Chardonnay Mountain Estate Vineyard shows slightly crisper acids, a more close-to-the-vest style, with notes of white currants, quince, wet stones and a touch of white peach. The wine is medium-bodied and seems to offer up loads of fruit, but in a zestier, slightly less dramatic style than its 2012 counterpart. It could be only a question of being a year younger.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate, (Oct, 2015)
WA 91

The 2014 Pinot Noir Velvet Sisters emanates from another Anderson Valley site and is sourced from four separate clones – Dijon clones 115, 666, 777 and the Pommard selection. This wine displays notes of baked apple skins, pomegranate, black cherry and a hint of raspberry, with some floral notes as well as forest floor. It is rich, ripe, medium to full-bodied, and best drunk over the next 5-7 years.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Oct, 2016)
WE 94, WA 93

This bold, beautiful wine has toasted, oaky undertones that support concentrated layers of apple skin, caramelized crème brûlée and a texture of gritty minerality. Papaya, mango and baked pineapple tug at the palate amidst a strong streak of stone.

- Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast (Sept, 2017)
WA 94

The 2014 Pinot Noir Muldune Trail comes from a vineyard at the southern end of the Anderson Valley planted at an elevation of 1,600 feet. Again unfined and unfiltered, this has a dense ruby/plum color that is more saturated than its two predecessors and notes of fresh herbs intermixed with wet gravel, blueberry, raspberry and pomegranate. It is medium-bodied, long, rich, and made from Dijon clones 115 and 777. This is a broad, savory, impressive Pinot Noir to drink over the next decade.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Oct, 2016)
WA 95, WE 95

Youthfully mute at this primary stage, the 2014 Chardonnay Ritchie Vineyard offers suggestions of lemon curd, white peaches and white grapefruit with underlying notes of honeyed toast and butterscotch. The palate is full-on seduction with an appealingly oily texture and tons of peaches and cream flavors, finishing long with a lively lift.

- Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate (Feb, 2017)
WA 94, WE 93

The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate (78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc and the rest Petit Verdot) is beautiful. Giving up lots of black and blue fruits, tobacco leaf, sweet oak and graphite, this fabulous Santa Cruz Mountain Cabernet is medium to full-bodied, nicely concentrated and focused, with fine tannin and impeccable balance. It shows its class on the lengthy finish as well. It's a baby and needs to be forgotten for 4-5 years and will have more than two decades of overall longevity.

Located on the warmer, eastern/northern side of the Santa Cruz Mountains, Mount Eden Vineyards is one of the most historic estates in California. In addition, their wines have one of the longest track records in the region for aging beautifully. Originally planted in 1945, the estate covers roughly 40 acres today and Jeffrey Patterson makes the wines. Under their Mount Eden label, they release three Chardonnays, a single Pinot Noir and a Cabernet Sauvignon. Their Domaine Eden label is focused on Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from a vineyard lying just to the south of the estate, and also includes Bordeaux varieties from throughout the Santa Cruz Mountains.

- Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate (Oct, 2016)
WE 93

From Josh Jensen's 4.4-acre vineyard, this bottling offers black plum and mulberry aromas laced with crushed gravel and lavender notes. There is a powerful minty character to the palate, which helps enliven the hearty ripe cranberry and hibiscus elements. A thought-provoking and earthy wine.

- Matt Kettmann, Wine Enthusiast (Aug, 2017)
WA 90+

Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Private Reserve is scented of black currents, black plums, blueberries and cedar with a hint of sandalwood. Full-bodied in the mouth, it delivers tons of muscular fruit with a firm backbone of grainy tannins and good length. Still very youthful, it needs another 4 to 6 years to enter its drinking window.

- Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate (Feb, 2017)
27% Merlot, 27% Syrah, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Petite Sirah, 5% Petite Verdot. This is a deep, dark wine that brims with layered aromas of black fruits, crushed rock, violets, earth and black spice. Lush and intricate, each sip reveals more and more of this complex blend. Flavors boom long across the mid-palate, framed by well-integrated oak and ample tannins. The finish is long with hints of black spice, turned earth and mocha.
WE 92

Fresh and fruity, this elegant Cab is supported by smaller percentages of Malbec and Petit Verdot. Firm tannins and a low imprint of oak allow the cinnamon-dusted black cherry and cassis to speak, girded by a fine structure and peppery finish.

- Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast (July, 2015)

WE 93

This is sophisticated stuff that lives up to Oakville's reputation. It tastes rich and alluring from the first whiff of black currant and espresso to the ultrasmooth mouthfeel and elegant finish. Think extra-fine tannins, opulent currant, dark chocolate and black cherry flavors. Enjoy it now or save through 2023 to encourage even more bouquet.

- Jim Gordon, Wine Enthusiast (Aug, 2016)
WE 91

From the owners of another marquee vineyard nearby, Sun Chase, this wine is expressive and expansive on the palate, dark red-purple in color, thick and dense on the palate. Blackberry, black plum and black pepper rise to the fore, built along a continuum of earthy forest floor. Tannin and oak are interwoven well, before a soft finish.

- Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast (Aug, 2015)
JS 91, WA 90

The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Alexis (1,572 cases made) offers abundant aromas of crème de cassis, licorice and spice, medium to full body, round tannins, decent acidity and good balance as well as depth. Approachable, it should continue to evolve nicely for a dozen years or more. This is the best set of bottled wines I have seen from Swanson in a number of years.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Oct, 2014)
WA 94, WE 93

The 2014 Chardonnay is light gold-colored with a greenish hue and beautiful, fresh tropical fruit flavors of pineapple, pear, honeysuckle and a touch of citrus. It is not as dense and concentrated as the 2013, but I love its vibrancy and beautiful subtleties and nuances. It is another top-notch effort from Pahlmeyer to drink over the next 7-8 years.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Dec, 2015)
The 2014 Alexander's Crown exhibits flavors of black and red cherry, blackberries, dried herbs and violets. The wine is elegant, with a rich mouthfeel, soft tannins and a long lingering finish with a touch of mocha. Enjoy this wine now or cellar it for enjoyment in 8 to 10 years.
WA 92+

The single vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon from the highest elevation (400-1000 feet) is the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Brothers Ridge. It displays blacker fruit, loads of plums, blueberry and blackberry, a deep, full-bodied, mouthfeel, rich, concentrated, moderately high tannin, a nice minerality and plenty of black fruits. These are all well-built and potentially very long-lived wines of 25-30 or more years. This wine needs a good 4-5 years of cellaring.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (March, 2016)
WE 91

Velvety, with a touch of grit, this wine is tart and tangy in acidity, with a firmness of structure and tannin. The boldly interwoven flavors are defined by wild strawberry, cranberry and black tea.

- Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast (Sept, 2017)
V 95, WA 92

Arietta's 2012 Merlot emerges from the oldest vines on Lee Hudson's vineyard in Carneros. A dark, super-expressive wine, the Merlot is endowed with serious depth, power and structure. Brambly red fruit, smoke, tobacco and grilled herbs emerge from a surprisingly big, structured wine that should drink well for many, many years. This is the finest and most complete set of wines I can remember tasting from Arietta. Proprietor Fritz Hatton and winemaker Andy Erickson seem to have reached a new level of quality with the 2012s and 2013s, both of which are brilliant. This is a fabulous showing from top to bottom.

- Antonio Galloni, Vinous (Oct, 2014)
JS 93, WE 91

This is an inaugural release of this variety from the Mount George Vineyard in cool Coombsville, granted AVA status in 2011. Juicy and soft in blackberry and stone fruit, the wine is cradled by generous tannins and herbal tones. Full bodied, its sinewy structure suggests it would benefit from more time in bottle; cellar through 2022.

- Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast (March, 2016)
WA 92+

Dense ruby/purple with a restrained but promising bouquet of cassis,tobacco leaf,subtle oak,this full-bodied wine is very youthful,dense,and extremely promising. Always one the winery's classics this should be at its best between 2018 and 2035.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Dec, 2016)
WA 88

The 2012 Tribute Estate Proprietary Red (from a biodynamically-farmed vineyard) is a blend of Bordeaux varietals. Its deep plum/ruby color is followed by sweet notes of cassis, black cherries and subtle oak, medium body, and good opulence as well as roundness. This consumer-friendly, lush red possesses good purity and character. Drink it over the next 7-8 years.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Dec, 2014)
On the rim: deep ruby with garnet and royal red on the rim.

On the nose: beautiful subtle notes of dark fruit like cassis, dark cherries, with touches of tarragon, thyme, cured Bresaola and saw dust.

On the palate: velvety soft entrance with touches of cedar, vanilla, blackberry jam, touches of plums, tomato, dark cherry, lingering on granular dense tannins that show amazing balance, lingering on violet and dark chocolate
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V 91, IWC 91

Exuberant and youthful, the 2010 Cameron has generous aromas of milk chocolate, bing cherry, raspberry and hazelnut oak spice. The palate is supple and smooth with finely integrated tannin, opulent flavors of plum and cherry. Classic Cameron Vineyard at its finest, just beautiful and eminently drinkable.
WA 93

The proprietary red, a blend of 64% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Merlot, and 17% Cabernet Franc, is the 2012 Perry’s Blend. This was aged almost 30 months in 50% new French oak and 50% second-year barrels. Gorgeous aromatics of unsmoked cigar tobacco, spring flowers, black and red currants, a touch of raspberry and blueberry are followed by a sexy, delicious, lush, medium to full-bodied wine with beautiful balance, purity, and overall texture. This is hard to ignore, but then again, it is another very showy 2012. This wine should continue to drink well for 12-15 years at the minimum, but who has such patience?

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Dec, 2015)
WA 94, WE 94

Wow, the inky opaque colored 2014 Pinot Noir Clos Pepe Vineyard is a sensational Pinot Noir. Giving up tons of black raspberry, cassis, toasty oak, crushed violets and campfire aromas and flavors, this youthful, even backwards effort has fabulous richness and depth, a layered texture and ripe tannin that emerges on the finish. This is a big, rich Pinot Noir that should benefit from short term cellaring and have a decade or more of longevity.

- Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate (Aug, 2016)
WE 91

Brawny in tannin weight and grip, this tight-knit wine is impressively built and in tune with the vintage and its embrace of strength and complexity. Chalky texture is highlighted in tart mountain cherry, graphite and vanilla laced in clove. Enjoy best 2023–2033.

- Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast (Sept, 2017)
WA 92

The inky purple 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon displays plenty of classic creme de cassis and lead pencil shavings along with some licorice, charcoal and vanilla notes. It is full-bodied and opulent, with good integration of sweet tannin and bright acids. This wine is still young but approachable, and certainly capable of evolving for 10-15+ years.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Oct, 2015)
WA 94+, WE 94

The 2014 Pinot Noir Meredith Estate has a medium ruby-purple color and gorgeous fragrance of red roses, lavender and fallen leaves over a core of crushed cranberries, mulberries and raspberry tart plus a touch of allspice. The medium-bodied palate is taut, youthful and finely structured, with the ripe, very fine grained tannins beautifully framing the multilayered berry and earth flavors, finishing long with loads of freshness and expressiveness.

- Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate (April, 2017)

WA 89

The 2014 Chardonnay Brown Ranch spends 18 months in French oak and goes through full malolactic. For that reason, the wine offers up plenty of loamy soil notes, honeysuckle, poached pear and a touch of poached citrus in a medium-bodied, attractive style. Drink it over the next 3-4 years.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Dec, 2016)
WA 95+

The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Sycamore Vineyard comes from a vineyard located at the end of Bella Oaks Lane in Rutherford. This has slightly less Cabernet Sauvignon than the Bosche Vineyard, at 84%, and the rest is Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, aged three months less in oak. Loads of clove, sweet blackberry and cassis, black olive tapenade and earthy forest floor notes are all present in this wine that shows dazzling richness, a heady full-bodied mouthfeel and stunning finish. The wine is slightly more evolved with the tannins and structure less present than in the Bosché.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Dec, 2015)
WA 95+

Stags’ Leap has always had a great reputation for its Petite Sirahs. A prodigious Petite Sirah, their 2012 Petite Sirah Estate Ne Cede Malis is a blend of 85% Petite Sirah and 15% Mixed Blacks aged 12 months in 25% new American oak. There are 900 cases of this massive, blockbuster, full-throttle wine from some of the oldest vines on the estate. (One parcel of Petite Sirah was planted in 1929.) Opaque purple, with notes of pen ink, graphite, blueberry and blackberry liqueur, an amazingly concentrated, full-bodied mouthfeel, and stunning purity and depth, this is a wine for 30-40 years of cellaring. It is a killer effort.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (March, 2016)
WA 93

The 2013 Upper Barn, a vineyard that Helen Turley and John Wetlaufer made famous, spends 11 months in 49% new French oak and is fermented with indigenous yeasts. This is all Old Wente clone material, planted in 1982, so it’s among the older Chardonnay vineyards in Northern California. This wine always seems to have great acidity and loads of orange blossom, marmalade, honeysuckle and lemon blossom characteristics. The 2013 Upper Barn Vineyard (963 cases) is a beauty and certainly one of my favorites of this group.

- Antonio Galloni, Wine Advocate, (April 2013)
JS 93

This is a classic Cabernet Sauvignon. The wine has a deep, intense color and a distinct fruit center that begins with black cherry, violet and currant aromas. It is well balanced, elegant and sleek on the palate, delivering very long berry and cherry flavors through to the finish. The underlying tannin structure, complexity and ample fruit guarantees rewards to the patient collector over the next 12 or so years.

- James Suckling
WA 91

The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Bartolucci Vineyard from St. Helena is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon aged in 100% new French oak. The wine has a dense ruby/purple color, sweet, pure black raspberry and blackcurrant fruit, medium to full body, supple tannins and complexity as well as elegance. This is a beauty and probably one of the strongest of Cabernet Sauvignons I have tasted from Honig. Drink now-2032.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Dec, 2015)

The Nth Degree label by Wente Vineyards are small-production, handcrafted and terroir-driven wines. Small amounts of Syrah and Cab Franc were added to this wine, adding dark fruit aromas and flavors and acidity. Hints of earthy loam and oak spice frame the wine, which needs a bit of air right now, but is drinking nicely.
WA 92

Carter makes his 2014 Proprietary Red Hossfeld Coliseum, which is 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, from a relatively obscure vineyard back on Soda Canyon Road in Southern Napa Valley. This wine is big, chewy, chocolaty and mocha-infused wine with black cherry and blackcurrant fruit, loads of texture, lushness and a heady, chewy finish. It is sexy wine and there are 193 cases of it. Drink it over the next decade.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Dec, 2016)
WS 92

Hides tannic muscle amid a dense, supple core of anise, black licorice, dusty herb and cedar flavors. A style well-suited for hearty fare and a long decant. Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Merlot. Drink now through 2026.

- James Laube, Wine Spectator (Aug, 2016)
WA 92

Another sexy, open-knit and luscious style of wine is the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa. It is a direct wine, with an extroverted personality offering plenty of red and black fruits, licorice, some toast, and a medium to full-bodied, layered finish. It should drink well for at least 15 years.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Oct, 2016)
WA 89

The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Crossfire from Rutherford is one of the stronger wines. This 100% Cabernet Sauvignon shows crème de cassis, licorice, blacker fruits, good integration of wood, acidity and tannin, medium to full body and a relatively long finish. It is drinkable now and should continue to evolve nicely for another 10-12 years.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Dec, 2016)
WA 95

The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Mt. Veeder comes from a vineyard once owned by the late Robin Williams called Pym Rae (now owned by the Tesseron family from Bordeaux) that sits at an elevation of 1,800 feet. Blueberry, blackberry and cassis are all present in this full-bodied wine that displays the high-elevation bluer fruits that Mt. Veeder can provide. There is a floweriness and full-bodied richness, big extract, but great balance and no rusticity. This beauty should drink well for at least 25-30 years.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Dec, 2016)
V 90

The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Coach Insignia is pretty, open and expressive. Dark red cherry, plum, spice and leather are all laced together nicely in the glass. The 2012 has developed very well since I last tasted it, but it remains decidedly medium in body and feminine in style. This is the most accessible of the Fisher 2012s.

- Antonio Galloni, Vinous (Dec, 2014)
WA 90

Their larger cuvée of 800 cases is the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Encosta, also 100% Cabernet Sauvignon aged 21 months in 60% new oak. This opaque purple wine exhibits notes of charcoal, graphite, blackberry and blueberry fruit, forest floor and spring flowers. The wine is rich and easy to smell, taste and consume, given the low acidity and silky tannins. A touch of asphalt/tar seems to emerge as the wine sits in the glass. Drink it over the next 12-15 years.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Oct, 2016)

WE 94, WA 93, WS 92

This beautiful wine includes 9% Cabernet Franc that gives a lift of floral violet and grainy cedar. Classic all around in its etchings of coconut shavings, graphite, spice and dust, the fruit is additionally savory in bright red currant and a crunch of cassis, with an underpinning of soft, succulent blackberry.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Dec, 2014)
WA 96

The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve from the estate in Spring Mountain Vineyards is the thirty-sixth vintage for the Robert Keenan Winery. This wine has 7% Cabernet Franc added into the blend and 700 cases were produced. A blockbuster wine for sure, with an inky/purple color, sweet crème de cassis, graphite, chocolate a hint of charcoal and burning embers – almost as if it wanted to behave like a Graves from Bordeaux. This is full-bodied, very rich, powerful and still moderately tannic. It’s a baby for sure, but what an impressive one. This wine needs a good 3-4 years of bottle age and should keep well for 25-30 years at the minimum.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Oct, 2014)
If you like big, rich wines then this is the Cabernet Sauvignon for you. Ample, dark fruit with hints of minerality blend harmoniously on a solid core of tannin that will continue to evolve in the barrel.
WA 93+

The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Branding Iron Oakville is from an Oakville vineyard. Notes of Christmas fruitcake, sweet black cherry and cassis fruit, some licorice and spice box are all present in this dense purple-colored wine. It is full-bodied, impressively endowed, with moderately high tannin. This wine will benefit from another 2-4 years of cellaring and should drink well for another 20-25 years.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Dec, 2016)
Offers gorgeous raspberry and black cherry aromas, leading to a bright palate of cherry flavors melded with chocolate, floral notes and a hint of Rutherford dust. The velvety, coating tannins are in perfect harmony with the fruit. Richness persists from the entry to the seductive, lingering finish.
This wine opens with plum, black cherry, herb, and earth aromas. While this Cabernet Sauvignon offers incredible juicy fruits, it is the well-integrated tobacco leaf, bay leaf, anise, and oak spice that make it compelling. Enhanced by a vibrant acidity, the texture of this wine is smooth and velvety, providing a long and juicy finish.
The 2014 Tench Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon exudes dark berry flavors with a hint of fresh blueberry, which defines this special site. A mouthwatering entry coats the palate, while the flavor and texture are complemented by restrained oak. Ultimately, the tannins dissolve, leaving an impression of resolution and completeness.
WE 91

This wine is all bramble and brawn. High-octane in power and ripeness, it has a juicy core of mocha-laced blackberry fruit. Pencil shavings and gravel notes add a tease of minerality amongst all that richness.

- Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast (April, 2017)
WE 93

This celebration of legendary Jerry Lohr's 80th birthday is a winner on all fronts. A zesty, uplifting nose of blackberry, cola, licorice, leather and clay leads into a cohesively woven palate of soy, shiitake dust, roast beef and dark chocolate. The acidity is well-measured, the tannins are chalky and grippy and it's powerful without being flashy.

- Matt Kettmann, Wine Enthusiast (June, 2017)
JS 93, WE 91

This is the winery’s reserve-level 100% Cab, given the utmost care and attention. It opens shyly in cedar and blackberry before offering a luscious palate of tangy leather, dry, firm tannins and a peppery finish. From grapes designated as their own Heritage Clone, UCD 30, it beautifully expresses the appellation and should cellar well through 2020.

- Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast (June, 2015)
The finished wine—57% Cabernet Sauvignon; 31% Merlot; and 12% Petit Verdot-- is quite complex. Yet it still offers the same lush richness so apparent in the ripe grapes as well as previous vintages of Covenant Cabernet. Kosher for Passover.
WA 93+

Very Pauillac-like (as usual), the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Wight has a similar character, with loads of creme de cassis, smoke, licorice and graphite as well as a full-bodied texture, dense, rich fruit, impressive purity and ripe tannin. This is a beauty, but interestingly, it doesn’t show the dramatic difference in quality that it often does at such a young age, although that may well evolve. Give it several more years of bottle age and drink it over the following two decades.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Oct, 2015)
WE 94

This Cabernet Sauvignon-based blend contains smaller amounts of Cabernet Franc and Merlot. The grapes come from all over the valley, mountains as well as flatlands, making it a testament to the art of blending. The warmer, riper areas bring lush chocolate and blackberry jam flavors, while the cooler areas contribute structural elements of firm tannins and acidity. The result is delicious and compelling. Drink over the next four years.

- Steve Heimoff, Wine Enthusiast (Dec, 2012)
WE 91

Made from a majority of Cabernet Sauvignon with a sizable addition of Merlot and smaller amounts of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, The Discussion is lovely in spicy black pepper and clove, full bodied and softly integrated in terms of tannin and oak. A brightness of red fruit shines through, along with a distinct taste of fig.

- Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast (Aug, 2016)
WA 92+

The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa, which is 83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Petit Verdot, 6% Merlot and 3% Syrah, shows a dense ruby/purple color, super concentration, chocolate, a touch of oak and a medium to full-bodied impressively concentrated style.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Dec, 2015)
WA 97

The 2013 Proprietary Red Vintage Reserve is the winery's rendition of the very best lots of their Bordeaux varietals blended together and presented in an artistic package. Inky purple to the rim, the wine has flawless integration of acidity, alcohol and tannin, beautiful espresso-infused blackberry and blackcurrant fruit, chocolate, full-bodied opulence, and stunning purity and length. It is special a wine with probably 25-35 years of aging potential, even though it is more accessible than the two Cabernets from Moon Mountain. This is a beauty, so kudos to Gundlach Bundschu. Drink it over the next three decades.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate, (March, 2016)
WA 93

The most impressive of all is the 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon La Presa. (Not coincidentally, this is the most expensive as well.) With a dense purple color and notes of blackberry, blackcurrant, licorice, and loamy soil undertones, it is deep, full-bodied, moderately tannic, and impressively pure and well-balanced. Drink it over the next 15+ years.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Oct, 2015)
V 93-96, JS 94

The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon is shaping up to be a real beauty. Pliant and nuanced, the 2012 caresses the palate with a total sense of silkiness. Bright red cherries, mint, spices and flowers are all laced together in a supple, radiant Cabernet Sauvignon that captures the essence of the vintage. The purity of the fruit here is simply striking, but the 2012 is not a powerhouse, rather it is a wine built on finesse. Rose petals, mint, sage and a hint of white pepper add an element of exoticism on the high-toned, expressive finish.

- Antonio Galloni, Vinous (Dec, 2014)

WE 91

This is made in the smooth, oaky and rich style of the modern cult Cabernet. It offers lots of ripe, jammy blackberries, plus notes of sweet, intense black and red currants, dark chocolate tart, black licorice and smoky oak. The tannins are tough but structured, so give it six years in the cellar and see what happens.

- Steve Heimoff, Wine Enthusiast (March, 2013)

WA 92-94

The superb 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate (89% Cabernet Sauvignon and 11% Cabernet Franc) offers up aromas of forest floor, spring flowers, red and black currants and subtle oak, and a long, rich, medium to full-bodied mouthfeel. This exuberant as well as precise 2012 should drink well for 10-12 years.

Despite the high quality wines emerging from Juslyn, this estate remains under most consumers’ radar. Proprietors Carolyn and Perry Butler produce mostly estate-bottled wines from their vineyard holdings. The recently released 2009s are both sensational wines. Both 2011s, which are still in barrel, are lighter-styled wines. The 2012s ratchet up things considerably as they do at most wineries when comparing them to the 2011s.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Oct, 2013)
WA 93, WE 92

The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Stags Leap District (100% Cabernet Sauvignon) has an opaque purple color and beautiful aromatics of macerated black cherries, black currants, licorice and incense. Medium to full-bodied, with zesty acids, sweet tannin and a full-bodied, layered mouthfeel, this is remarkably elegant but offers up terrific purity and personality. Drink it over the next 15-20 years.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Dec, 2016)
WA 96, WE 94

The 2013 Janzen Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Missouri Hopper Vineyard is from another Oakville site. This wine offers up much more unsmoked cigar tobacco, wet gravel/minerality, crème de cassis, licorice and graphite. It is full-bodied, intense, multilayered, gorgeously pure and long. It can be drunk early on, or cellared for 30+ years.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Oct, 2016)
WA 91

As for the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Blueline Estate, this wine is an outstanding wine from Tony Biagi. Classic blackcurrant notes intermixed with forest floor, underbrush, cedar wood and spice box are present in this full-bodied wine that is meant to be drunk over the next 10-15 years.

Tony Biagi, the winemaker at Hourglass, is one of my favorite personalities in the valley. I met him years ago when he was the winemaker at Plumpjack. He is now handling both Hourglass estates, which is somewhat confusing to the consumer, in that there is actually a Blueline Estate that is a 20-acre vineyard across from the Three Palms Duckhorn Merlot Vineyard and not far from the Switchback Vineyards. The other, the Hourglass Estate, is a little more than a dozen acres situated near Colgin’s Tychson Hill Vineyard off Route 29 north of St. Helena. It is important to note in the reviews that follow whether they contain the Hourglass Estate or the Blueline Estate designations.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Dec, 2016)
WA 94+, WE 93

The 2013 Janzen Cabernet Sauvignon Cloudy’s Vineyard hails from the Dutch Henry Canyon between the Switchback and Hourglass vineyards, is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon and a more backward mountain style with noticeable tannin and structure. With a dense purple color and plenty of blueberry, black raspberry, violets and oak spice, it is powerful, full-bodied and moderately tannic. Forget this for 4-5 years and drink it over the following three decades.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Oct, 2016)
WA 95

I only tasted one wine, the 2012 Proprietary Red, a brilliant blend of 77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Merlot and 10% Petit Verdot aged 18 months in 80% new Taransaud barrels. This 640-case cuvée exhibits an opaque purple color, full body, supple tannins, and sweet blueberry and blackberry liqueur notes intermixed with hints of chocolate as well as dusty, earthy, forest floor notes. Drink it over the next 15-20 years. It is one of the finest efforts produced by the Roy Estate to date.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Oct, 2014)
IWC 93, WA 91

The 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Lamb Vineyard possesses gorgeous textural elegance and depth. Black cherries, plush, licorice, spices and flowers blossom with time in the glass as the wine opens up gradually. The 2009 boasts considerable richness and weight, not to mention terrific overall balance. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2024.

- Antonio Galloni, Wine Advocate (Feb, 2012)
WS 90

Solidly built, with a lively, focused core and aromas of dark berry and spice mixed with sleek flavors of cherry and licorice. Drink now through 2027.

- Tim Fish, Wine Spectator (Nov, 2016)
WA 92-95

As for the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Fay Estate-Grown, this has a similar saturated purple color, terrific presence on the palate, great ripeness, loads of minerality, floral notes and beautifully pure blackcurrant liqueur intermixed with licorice and spice. It is full-bodied and rich with well-integrated tannin and wood. This is another 20- to 25-year wine, but should drink well after its release.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Dec, 2016)
WA 96

One of the gems in this stacked lineup is the 2013 Soul Of A Lion, which is a Cabernet Sauvignon-dominated blend that includes 10% Cabernet Franc and 8% Petit Verdot. Aged 22 months in new French oak, this full-bodied, rich, mineral-laced and incredibly textured beauty offers up classic California notes of graphite, coffee bean, ripe black currants and chalky minerality. Drink this full-bore, pedal to the metal effort anytime over the coming 10-15 years (and I wouldn't be surprised to see it keep for longer either).

- Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate (Aug, 2016)
WA 88

The 2014 Pinot Noir Brown Ranch is made from Dijon clone 667 and 115. It is an elegant wine offering up notes of sassafras, cola, black cherry and strawberry, allspice and a touch of background oak. This medium-bodied wine is seductive and best drunk over the next 4-5 years.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Dec, 2016)
WA 91

One of the iconic wineries of Napa Valley, this blend of 90% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Petit Verdot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec has produced a relatively restrained and elegant 2014, with pure crème de cassis fruit, some incense, licorice and subtle background barrique. It is medium to full-bodied, with sweet tannin, plenty of charm, and a relatively velvety smooth finish with well-integrated tannins and wood. This is approachable now and should continue to evolve nicely for 15-20 years.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Dec, 2016)

WA 94+

The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve has an inky blue/black color, tremendous body and richness, and really seems even stronger than the two Beckstoffer cuvées, which is hard to believe. This is intense, full-bodied, with layers of flavor and a great finish. Drink it over the next 20 years.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Dec, 2015)
WA 95, V 94

The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Rubicon, which used to be a proprietary blend and had a somewhat rustic, Italian personality, has now been put under the Inglenook Vineyard designation. Where the Cabernet Sauvignon was a blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon and 12% Cabernet Franc and 3% Merlot, the Rubicon has abandoned any Italian varietals in favor of a blend of 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Petit Verdot, 4% Cabernet Franc and 1% Merlot. I think it’s safe to say this is potentially the best Rubicon made to date. It’s not to denigrate other vintages, but there is a finesse and elegance combined with great richness and an avoidance of any rusticity that plagued some of the other vintages – which is to be admired. At three times the price, it’s not three times the wine of the Cask Cabernet Sauvignon. It possesses a dense purple color, beautiful, sweet crème de cassis notes with a floral underpinning. I don’t see any of the Rutherford dust, per se, but there is an undertone of earthiness. The wine is full-bodied, rich, potentially complex and certainly capable of lasting 20 to 30 or more years. This is a great young Rubicon that will have its peak in 5-7 years and last 25-30.

Looks like there’s completely new packaging for these wines from famous movie producer/director Francis Ford Coppola. They’ve owned Inglenook since 1975, which included the regional estate of 1,600 acres of land with several spectacular vineyards. What they call the “front vineyards” were acquired by Coppola in 1995.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Oct, 2014)
WA 96, WE 94

The 2013 Janzen Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer To Kalon easily lives up to the first-growth reputation of this great terroir in Oakville. Produced from clone 337, this is truly profound stuff. It has an inky purple color with notes of charcoal embers interwoven with blueberry and blackberry liqueur, forest floor and white flowers. This wine was aged 27 months in 100% new Taransaud cooperage and has fabulous texture, richness and well-integrated oak tannin, alcohol and acidity. Drink it now as well as over the next 30+ years.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Oct, 2016)
WA 88+

2013 Cabernet Sauvignon is a somewhat smaller-framed style of wine, with a dark ruby/purple color, vanilla, hints of coffee bean and spice. It’s playing it close to the vest at present. The wine is medium-bodied with excellent concentration, but not nearly as expressive as the 2012 88 Keys. Give this another year or so of bottle age and drink over the following 15 years.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Dec, 2015)
WA 94-97

I’ll just mention this wine since it’s not in bottle yet, but it looked fabulous, is the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate the Lion. I’m not so sure that it will ultimately match 2013's power, but it is more supple, more perfumed and shows great, great potential for drinking early and lasting two decades or more. It is a blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Malbec and the rest Petit Verdot.

As I indicated last year, the Hess Collection winery up on Mt. Veeder is profiting from a complete makeover and producing better and better wines as well as more special cuvées. This was a winery that burst on the scene in the mid-1980s with some terrific wines and then became moribund. That’s all changing now, as the recent releases strongly evidence.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Dec, 2016)
WA 94

The three red wines are represented best by the flagship wine, the 2014 Quintessa Proprietary Red from their vineyards in Rutherford. A beautiful floral, black raspberry and blackcurrant nose soars from this dense ruby/purple wine. Medium-bodied, beautifully rich and layered, the emphasis is on discreet yet intense flavors, power allied with elegance, and wonderfully supple, lush tannins. This wine has great balance, purity, and presence on the palate and should evolve beautifully for two decades or more.

This is probably the best set of wines I have yet tasted from the Huneeus family, who own this beautiful property off the Silverado Trail south of the Meadowood Resort.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Oct, 2016)
JS 93

Wonderful aromas of tobacco, currant, berry and mineral. Ink and lead pencil. Full body, firm tannins and a fresh finish. Lovely texture and freshness.

- James Suckling
WA 96

Another big-time winner from Shirley Roy is her 450 cases of 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate. This is 95% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Petit Verdot with an opaque purple color and a fabulous notes of lead pencil shavings, licorice, roasted herbs, damp soil and oodles of blackberry and cassis fruit. It is long, rich, multilayered and impressively endowed. This wine was aged 27 months in new Taransaud oak, which is soaked up beautifully. Its should drink well for 30 or more years.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Oct, 2015)
WA 96

The 2013 Ulysses is absolutely mind-boggling, as so many wines from this vintage are. Gorgeous blueberry and blackberry fruit, along with the telltale cassis and floral notes, jump from the glass. Again, this is Pauillac-like, with some cedar wood and subtle barrique smells. Again produced nearly all from Cabernet Sauvignon, the wine is full-bodied, powerful, rich and long, with slightly sweeter tannins than the 2012. Production in 2013 was 960 cases, and Moueix told me that the entire growing season averaged about two and half weeks ahead of schedule from bloom break to harvest. This is a prodigious effort and will certainly stand as the great Ulysses of the first trio to be released. I suspect it will be drinkable in 3-4 years and keep for 30 or more, given the Moueix track record.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Dec, 2015)
WS 93, V 92

A classy effort that is rich and layered, restrained and structured, showing fine tension between the dried currant, cedar, cigar box and anise flavors and the firm, fine-grained tannins. Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot. Drink now through 2023.

- James Laube, Wine Spectator (April, 2013)
WA 92

The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Mon Chevalier is composed of 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Cabernet Franc, 3% Merlot and the rest Malbec and Petit Verdot, all from Knight’s Valley and aged in large oak puncheons. The least expensive of the Morlet Cabernets, the open, round, light 2012 offers sweet white chocolate, blackcurrant and mineral notes in a full-bodied, opulent style. It can be consumed now and over the next 10+ years.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Oct, 2014)
WA 92+

The prodigious 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Audentia Estate (only 300 cases produced) takes its name from the Latin “sed contra audentior ito,” which means “always push harder.” A blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon and 25% Petite Sirah (I don’t think I’ve ever before seen this blend in Napa Valley), this blockbuster boasts an opaque purple color, layers and layers of blackberries, cassis, incense and camphor-infused fruit, a full-bodied, powerful, muscular mouthfeel and a long finish with its aging in 75% new French oak well-disguised by the wine’s extravagant richness and power. The one downside to the 2010 Audentia is that it needs 5-10 years of bottle age, after which it should age for 35-50+ years. It is a connoisseur’s choice for sure.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Oct, 2013)
WE 92, WA 91, JS 91

The 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Yountville Selection (100% Cabernet Sauvignon) reveals sexy, open-knit, meaty, charcuterie and black currant aromas and flavors. Medium to full-bodied with silky tannins, abundant fruit, complexity and finesse, it is hard to resist at present, and should continue to evolve for 10-15 years.


- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Oct, 2013)

WA 95+, WE 95, WS 94

A blend of 81% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Petit Verdot and 5% Cabernet Franc, the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Pedregal Vineyard has a deep garnet-purple color and nose of ripe black berries, crushed black currants, pencil lead and dried herbs with hints of dark chocolate and menthol. Medium to full-bodied with a great intensity and harmony, it has a solid backbone of firm grainy tannins and great length. Still very youthful and primary, give it another 2-3 years in bottle and drink it over the next 20+ years.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Feb, 2017)
WS 95 | Wine Spectator 2016 Top 100: No 44

This zeroes in on a rich, hedonistic core of wild berry, blackberry, plum and currant flavors, with a graceful, elegant mouthfeel and supple, caressing tannins. The long and powerful yet refined aftertaste keeps reverberating fruit generosity while maintaining Cabernet's strength of personality. Drink now through 2030.

- James Laube, Wine Spectator (Oct, 2016)
WS 90

A complex, austere style, highlighting flavors of loamy earth, cedary oak, dusty berry and dried herb. Combines the strength of earthiness with a measure of structure and refinement, ending with a black licorice note. Best from 2018 through 2030.

- James Laube, Wine Spectator (Oct, 2015)
WA 95

The top wine is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon and is simply called Gandona. The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Gandona is aged 21 months in 81% new oak and there are about 400 cases of the 2014, which is a beautiful wine offering notes of blackberry, blueberry, charcoal and spring flowers. It is deep, full-bodied, opulent and flattering to smell and taste. It should drink well for at least two decades.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Oct, 2016)
WA 96

The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Las Piedras comes in a super-heavy engraved bottle that will challenge your shoulder joints. The wine is a stunner as well, with lots of blueberry and blackberry fruit, spring flowers, a full-bodied mouthfeel and a super intense texture and richness. This is profound Cabernet Sauvignon that can be approached now because of the vintage and personality, but promises to evolve and drink well for another 20-25 years.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Oct, 2014)
WA 95

The flagship wines include the 2014 J. Daniel Cuvée Cabernet Sauvignon, which comes from three sources – the family vineyard called Molehill at a 1700-feet elevation on Howell Mountain, the Vine Hill Ranch Vineyard and Heimark Vineyard in Calistoga. A gorgeous 2014, with notes of graphite, mulberry and blackcurrant, this full-bodied, opaque purple wine offers terrific fruit purity, sweet tannin, and a long finish of a good 45+ seconds. It was aged 19 months in 75% new French oak and is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon. There are 1,064 cases, and it can be drunk now or cellared for another 25 years.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Oct, 2016)
WA 94-96

The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Cask 23 Estate-Grown is a big-time winner with great fruit, terrific texture, full body, sensational purity and plenty of blue and black fruits interwoven. The amazing thing about all of these wines is that no oak shows through whatsoever, although I suspect the percentage of new oak is relatively high. That’s an example of the extravagance and richness of the fruit that the winery is achieving. Again, purity, harmony, complexity and individuality are hallmarks of these wines. Drink this 2014 Cask 23 over the next 25 years.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Dec, 2016)
WS 90

Notes of dill, herb and vanilla bean-scented oak lead to an elegant array of dark berry, herb, cedar, gravelly earth and underbrush flavors. The tannins cling a bit, but this is an enjoyable and approachable youngster, with a track record for aging. Drink now through 2028.

- James Laube, Wine Spectator (June, 2017)
IWC 94

Dark purple. Deeply pitched black and blue fruit compote, singed plum, cola and mocha scents are complemented by notes of violet pastille and licorice. Broad, palate-coating blackberry liqueur and fruitcake flavors show striking depth and a plush, velvety texture. Decadently rich but surprisingly lively, finishing with superb power and thrust and smooth, late-arriving tannins.

- Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar (July, 2014)
WA 95, WE 92

Celebrating its 40th anniversary vintage, the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Stag’s Leap Vineyard (S.L.V.) Estate-Grown may be one of the all-time great offerings from Stag’s Leap Vineyard. It’s not easy to say after 40 years of achievement, but it is certainly a candidate for one of the finest Stags Leap Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignons ever made, particularly under this moniker (We have to exclude the Cask 23 and the Fay Vineyard.) Opulent, with fabulous texture, a dense purple color, great blueberry and blackcurrant fruit with spice and flowers, this is sexy Cabernet Sauvignon that should drink beautifully for another 20 years or more. The balance is sensational.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Dec, 2016)
JS 97, V 95

The 2014 Opus One has turned out to be a gorgeous wine. Savory, tightly wound and intensely aromatic, the 2014 is going to need time to unwind, but it looks like it will develop along the more classic vintages here. The tannins are firm but also impeccably balanced. A sleeper wine for the year, the 2014 is shaping up to be a gorgeous wine that will handsomely repay several decades of cellaring. The 2014 is not an obvious Opus One, like the 2010, 2012 or 2013, but over time, I will not be surprised if it challenges or even surpasses some of those vintages. In short, the 2014 is a wine of tension, power and grace.

- Antonio Galloni, Vinous (Dec, 2016)
WS 92

An aromatically compelling red, this unfolds to reveal layers of dark berry, chalky earth, sage, tobacco and cedar flavors before clamping down tightly on the finish, yet the fruit pushes through. Best from 2021 through 2033.

- James Laube, Wine Spectator (Sept, 2017)
WA 95-97, V 93+, IWC 93

The 2008 Red Wine Napa Valley is a huge, plush wine bursting with dark fruit, smoke, ash and licorice. Today the tannins are firm and quite imposing, but the wine develops nicely in the glass, hinting at what is to come over the next handful of years. Floral notes add perfume and brightness on the finish. This is a very beautiful, brooding wine graced with considerable class and personality. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2023.

Under their personal label, the brilliant husband and wife team of Martha McClellan and Bob Levy turn out 400 cases of a blend of 90% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, all from a mountainside vineyard planted in volcanic soils at a 500-600 foot elevation. The vineyard spacing is unusually close with 2,900 vines per acre (compared with around 600 vines per acre at many other Napa Cabernet vineyards). Bob Levy has been the winemaker at Harlan Estate since its inception, and, along with owner Bill Harlan, is in the process of making Bond as prodigious as Harlan Estate. Martha McClellan is the winemaker for two Napa Valley superstar cult wineries, Blankiet and Sloan. As I have written in the past, these efforts are produced by two quiet, somewhat reclusive individuals with extraordinary resumes, limitless talent, and a perfectionist, nearly obsessive attitude toward making world-class wines.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Oct, 2013)
WA 92-95

As for the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Fay Estate-Grown, this has a similar saturated purple color, terrific presence on the palate, great ripeness, loads of minerality, floral notes and beautifully pure blackcurrant liqueur intermixed with licorice and spice. It is full-bodied and rich with well-integrated tannin and wood. This is another 20- to 25-year wine, but should drink well after its release.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Dec, 2016)
WA 94

The three red wines are represented best by the flagship wine, the 2014 Quintessa Proprietary Red from their vineyards in Rutherford. A beautiful floral, black raspberry and blackcurrant nose soars from this dense ruby/purple wine. Medium-bodied, beautifully rich and layered, the emphasis is on discreet yet intense flavors, power allied with elegance, and wonderfully supple, lush tannins. This wine has great balance, purity, and presence on the palate and should evolve beautifully for two decades or more.

This is probably the best set of wines I have yet tasted from the Huneeus family, who own this beautiful property off the Silverado Trail south of the Meadowood Resort.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Oct, 2016)
WS 95

This zeroes in on a rich, hedonistic core of wild berry, blackberry, plum and currant flavors, with a graceful, elegant mouthfeel and supple, caressing tannins. The long and powerful yet refined aftertaste keeps reverberating fruit generosity while maintaining Cabernet's strength of personality. Drink now through 2030.

- James Laube, Wine Spectator (Oct, 2016)
Our 2013 Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is garnet in color with a ruby red rim. It has an alluring nose of blackberry bramble, baking spices and black olive. Aromas of vanilla, cassis and sage fill the glass, revealing the influence of American oak barrel aging. On the palate, notes of raspberry are complemented with lingering acidity and a finish of dusty, silky tannins. Given proper cellaring, this wine will provide drinking pleasure through 2036.
WE 94

The mighty Martha's spends three-and-a-half years aging in French Limousin oak barrels. It has years to go, its structure so expertly captured in the bottle, yet still willing to impart a lightness of sage and sarsaparilla, the tannins firm and integrated, with slight hints of cigar, coconut and that ever-famous mint. Drink now through 2025.

- Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast (Nov, 2016)
WE 96, V 93-95

The 2014 Insignia is a blend of 87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Petit Verdot and the rest Malbec and Cabernet Franc (no Merlot whatsoever). Production was slightly higher at 14,500 cases. This wine has an inky bluish purple color, a big, sweet kiss of crème de cassis, blackberry, blueberry, and hints of graphite and charcoal. It is floral, full-bodied, with tremendous opulence and richness. It is more approachable than the more structured and muscular 2013, but its is certainly no wimpy wine, given its level of extract and richness. It is another beauty, with the oak well-disguised by the extravagant fruit extract. Drink it over the next 30+ years.


- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Oct, 2016)
V 92, IWC 91-93

(blended with 8% merlot and 2% each cabernet franc and malbec): Good saturated red-ruby. High-pitched aromas of cassis, licorice and menthol. Plush and rich, with complex flavors of black raspberry, black cherry, tobacco, cocoa powder and a hint of menthol. Just a hint of herbs on the back end, but here the ripe tannins arrive late, allowing this very attractive wine to express itself.

- Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar (May, 2014)
Our 2011 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is an elegant representation of Napa Valley Cabernet from a cool vintage. It presents an opaque garnet hue in the glass and reveals aromas of sandalwood and roasted meats. Flavors of vanilla, coffee beans and raspberries are buttressed by dusty tannins, firm acidity and a mouth-coating texture. Given proper cellaring, this wine should provide drinking pleasure through 2029.
WA 94-96

The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Cask 23 Estate-Grown is a big-time winner with great fruit, terrific texture, full body, sensational purity and plenty of blue and black fruits interwoven. The amazing thing about all of these wines is that no oak shows through whatsoever, although I suspect the percentage of new oak is relatively high. That’s an example of the extravagance and richness of the fruit that the winery is achieving. Again, purity, harmony, complexity and individuality are hallmarks of these wines. Drink this 2014 Cask 23 over the next 25 years.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Dec, 2016)
WA 94

The three red wines are represented best by the flagship wine, the 2014 Quintessa Proprietary Red from their vineyards in Rutherford. A beautiful floral, black raspberry and blackcurrant nose soars from this dense ruby/purple wine. Medium-bodied, beautifully rich and layered, the emphasis is on discreet yet intense flavors, power allied with elegance, and wonderfully supple, lush tannins. This wine has great balance, purity, and presence on the palate and should evolve beautifully for two decades or more.

This is probably the best set of wines I have yet tasted from the Huneeus family, who own this beautiful property off the Silverado Trail south of the Meadowood Resort.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Oct, 2016)
WS 91

Pure and rich, well-centered on melted black licorice, spice, cedar and dark berry flavors. Deep and complex, if short on finesse and grace, ending with musclebound tannins. Drink now through 2028.

- James Laube, Wine Spectator (Oct, 2017)

WA 91

One of the iconic wineries of Napa Valley, this blend of 90% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Petit Verdot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec has produced a relatively restrained and elegant 2014, with pure crème de cassis fruit, some incense, licorice and subtle background barrique. It is medium to full-bodied, with sweet tannin, plenty of charm, and a relatively velvety smooth finish with well-integrated tannins and wood. This is approachable now and should continue to evolve nicely for 15-20 years.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Dec, 2016)