Aromas of red currant, ripe red cherry and crushed thyme. Medium bodied with silky tannins. Lovely bright acidity and fresh character on the palate. Refreshing finish. Drink now.
JCB by Jean-Charles Boisset Reviews
Aromas of porcini, bark, blackcurrant and blackberry. Full-bodied with powdery tannins. The palate is grounded by a solid core of black fruit, accented by dried herbs and flowers. Delicious. This will age well. Best after 2024.
Aromas of black cherry, blackcurrant, plum and black tea. Full-bodied with silky tannins. There is mineral character to the solid core of black fruit, helping to give freshness and transparency. Persistent and well balanced. Best after 2025.
Blackberries, peppery herbs, leather, and sappy green herb notes all emerge from the 2019 Leopard, a blend of 56% Syrah, 32% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 12% Cabernet Franc. This medium to full-bodied, ripe, super sexy, seamless red will drink well for 10-12 years.
The 2019 JCB #17, 100% Cabernet Franc, emerges from a site on the eastern side of St. Helena. This racy, exuberant Franc delivers good varietal character and tons of personality. The 2019 is opulent, but also an incredibly elegant wine that might benefit from being opened just a bit earlier. There is real potential here.
The 2019 Knockout once again lives up to its colorful name. This Petite Sirah/Cabernet Sauvignon blend packs a tremendous punch. Inky dark fruit, spice, lavender, chocolate and grilled herbs saturate the palate and all the senses as this heady, opulent 2019 takes hold. What can I say? There is nothing subtle about the Knockout, that is for sure. And yet, it most certainly delivers the goods.
-- Antonio Galloni
The 2019 Phi is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon aged in specially designed barrels from the Hermitage cooperage. Rich and explosive, with terrific energy, the 2019 has a lot to offer. Inky blue/purplish fruit, licorice, lavender, cloves and menthol lend gravitas to this potent Cabernet.
-- Antonio Galloni
The 2018 Merlot No. 4 is made from 100% Merlot, from the east side of St. Helena on volcanic/obsidian-rich soils. It was aged in French oak, 21% new. Medium to deep garnet-purple colored, it comes bounding out of the glass with lively notes of crushed black plums, juicy blueberries and fresh blackberries with suggestions of candied violets, baking spices, cardamom and fruitcake. Medium to full-bodied, the palate delivers soft, rounded tannins and oodles of freshness, beautifully framing the ripe, fresh black and blue fruits, finishing long and spicy. Only 49 cases were made.
This is made from 80% Pinot Noir, the remainder Chardonnay, both coming from both the Napa and Sonoma sides of the appellation. Inviting in wild strawberry, it is dry and stony and exuberant in earthy mineral aspects of crushed rock and dried herb.
This coastal wine has a feral element of exotic fruit, rhubarb and blood orange mostly, with touches of rose petal around its edges. Silky smooth and unabashedly ripe and full bodied, it has an underlying freshness of lively acidity and integration.
Sweet rose petal opens the nose of this intensely ripe wine, seductive in layers of soft integrated oak and tannin. The flavors veer into strawberry, cherry and orange, with an underlying brightness that helps balance out the bold.
The 2015 Pinot Noir No. 6 is pale to medium ruby-purple in color and scented of wild cherries, mulberries and cinnamon stick with touches of garrigue, lavender and fallen leaves. The palate is medium to full-bodied with firm, ripe, grainy tannins framing the spicy fruit, finishing with great length and depth.
Notably smoky and toasty, with a strong yet integrated oak presence joining a chorus of blackberry, black licorice, dried herb and cedar flavors, ending with a chewy lead pencil edge. Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot.
The 2014 Chardonnay No. 33 has pineapple, green mango and yuzu zest notes with suggestions of toasted almonds, croissant and orange blossoms. Medium-bodied with great finesse and a gorgeous satiny texture, it delivers fantastic flavor intensity with plenty of freshness and minerally persistence.
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.
Moderate reddish purple color in the glass. Pleasant scent of black cherry, spice, herbs and beechwood. Lighter styled, with earthy flavors of cherry and raspberry, and an array of savory spices and herbs. The savory and fruit components compliment each other and the wine picks up interest over time in the glass. Drinking well now, with easygoing, fine-grain tannins, and a bright, uplifting finish.
The 2013 Pinot Noir No. 11 from Sonoma Coast is a darker-fruited and deeper-colored, more Côte de Nuits style of Pinot Noir with a broader mouthfeel, more savory, complex richness, notes of forest floor, blackcurrant and black cherries, and loads of personality and character. This is a beauty, and seductive. Drink it over the next decade.