Aging in new French oak delivered a round and supple wine focused on flavors of chocolate and graham crackers. With air, the wine turns savory, the honeyed richness converting into a beeswax tone. Balancing oak richness and Mediterranean-like tapenade notes, it’s a wine to decant for braised lamb with rosemary.
While a heavy drape of oak scents masks this wine, its heady black-walnut-and-coconut richness slowly yields to edgier notes of shiso leaf, dark berries and purple flowers, with penetrating acidity. It all comes together in a dark, rich wine focused on what it means to be Napa Valley.
A big, broad style, with a swath of baker's chocolate laid over a core of steeped black currant and blackberry fruit. The finish is paved with tar, licorice root and loam elements, while the fruit keeps up, ending with a roasted alder detail. Needs cellaring to unwind.
Shows weight and heft, featuring a core of steeped fig and blackberry compote flavors, carried by licorice snap and roasted apple wood notes. Maintains the energy to keep all the elements focused and moving along. Very solid.
Warm fruitcake, sassafras, alder and steeped red and black currant notes mix here, melding nicely as they move through the tar- and licorice-framed finish. Shows ample depth and pleasantly chewy grip. A textbook mountain-fruit wine.