A very tight and refined red with aromas and flavors of currants, berries, cedar and violets. Full-to medium-bodied, silky and tight. Juicy and flavorful. Shows form and brightness for the vintage.
N°10 Cabernet Sauvignon Reviews
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 barrel sample of 100% Cabernet Sauvignon expected to age in 55% new French oak, the 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon No. 10 is deep garnet-purple in color and bursts from the glass with crème de cassis, blueberry pie, black raspberry, roses, wild thyme and black soil with nuances of fallen leaves and tobacco. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is elegantly crafted with a fine-grained texture and bags of crunchy black and blue fruit, finishing with impressive length and vibrancy.
The 2015 No. 10 is one of the more polished wines in the range. The No. 10 isn't quite as flamboyant as some other wines in the range, but it more than makes up for that with its persistence and shapely feel. Sweet red cherry, pomegranate and bright floral notes are some of the signatures.
The very deep purple-black 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon No. 10, made up of 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, has an earthy, savory nose with notes of truffles, dried herbs and black fruits. The full-bodied mouth is powerful, firm and chewy with a lively backbone and long earthy finish. 192 cases were made.
This broad-shouldered, full-bodied wine shocks and awes with its clove and black pepper notes that are as savory as a fine steak, with which it would pair brilliantly. Oak and tannin form a shield of power that girds the black fruit for further battle.
The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon JCB No. 10 is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, mostly from the westside of St. Helena. This wine spent 19 months in 50% new French oak before being bottled unfined and unfiltered. There are only 210 cases of it, but it is a sensational effort. With an inky black color, notes of blackberry, blueberry, cassis, licorice, graphite and incense. It is full-bodied, layered and a big, juicy, succulent mouthful of Cabernet Sauvignon to drink now and over the next 20+ years.
This is a massively dense, extracted and dry wine, entirely varietal and brooding in style. Tobacco and leather form its core, with the fruit elusive and pushed backward. Smoky oak penetrates the thick walls of tannin, forming a combustible, lengthy finish. — V.B.
There are fewer than 100 cases of the 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon JCN No. 10, a tannic, muscular, dense effort made from 100% Cabernet Sauvignon from Clone 4. A backward, muscular wine built for long-term aging, it is more structured and masculine than most 2012s. It was difficult to evaluate because of its massive structure.