Deep garnet in color, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon No 10 bursts with notes of baked blackcurrants and stewed plums with hints of sauteed herbs, pencil lead, and crushed rocks. The full-bodied palate is rich and powerful, coating the whole mouth with firm, rugged tannins, finishing long and earthy.
JCB by Jean-Charles Boisset Reviews
The 2015 Cabernet Franc No 17 is a blend with Cabernet Sauvignon. Deep garnet colored, it pops with a fantastically perfumed nose of kirsch, rose oil, black raspberries, and wild blueberries, followed by hints of fallen leaves and lavender. The medium to full-bodied palate is soft, graceful, and elegant, featuring beautiful freshness and very fine-grained tannins, leading to a long and perfumed finish on this gorgeous wine.
A blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon and 25% Petit Verdot, the 2019 Surrealist is very deep purple-black in color. It swans out with showy scents of blueberry compote, blackcurrant jelly, blackberry preserves, and candied violets, followed by suggestions of dried mint, pencil lead, cracked pepper, and fallen leaves. Full-bodied, firm, and very structured, it delivers layer upon layer of black fruits and savory flavors, finishing very long and fragrant. It should age gracefully!
Pale to medium ruby in color, the 2019 Pinot Noir No 7 wows with a fantastic perfume of violets, pomegranate, raspberry coulis, and kirsch plus hints of crushed rocks, underbrush, and spearmint. Medium to full-bodied, it is very pure in the mouth with delicate red berry and earthy layers framed by seamless freshness and a soft, fine-grained texture, finishing long and mineral-laced.
Medium to deep ruby-purple in color, the 2019 Pinot Noir No 22 needs a lot of shaking to wake up vibrant notes of black raspberries, chocolate-covered cherries, mulberries, and fragrant earth with hints of cinnamon stick, dried roses, and cumin seed. The medium to full-bodied palate is plush and playful with a serious backbone of ripe grainy tannins and just enough freshness, finishing long and savory.
The 2019 Leopard is a blend of 56% Syrah, 32% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 12% Cabernet Franc. It needs vigorous shaking to bring out alluring notes of violets, dark chocolate, star anise, and garrigue over baked blueberries and preserved plums with a waft of black pepper. The full-bodied palate delivers lovely freshness and loads of palate treats - spices, pepper, meaty nuances - framed by ripe, rounded tannins, finishing with great length.
A blend of 63% Petite Sirah and 37% Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2019 Knockout is very deep purple-black in color. It needs some swirling to bring out notes of boysenberry preserves, chocolate-covered cherries, and blueberry pie with hints of dark chocolate, licorice, and tar. The full-bodied palate is firm and super-rich, with nice ripe tannins and seamless freshness, finishing long, long, long.
The 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon Zebra/Snake/Crocodile, made from 64% Cabernet Sauvignon and 36% Petite Sirah, is a Napa Valley red wine that is dressed 3 ways, available in a zebra, snake, or crocodile skin label. Deep garnet purple in color, it charges out of the glass with a vibrant melange of warm cassis, baked plums, and mulberries with touches of cedar chest, pencil shavings, and cloves. The full-bodied palate is rich and has a lively backbone to balance, firm and grainy, long and lifted.
The 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon Phi is a blend of Cuvees No 1 and No 10 aged in the Phi, a barrel constructed in the perfect golden ratio proportions. Opaque purple-black in color, it erupts from the glass with molten licorice, Indian spices, and chocolate mint over a core of creme de cassis and blackberry preserves with a touch of cast-iron pan. The full-bodied palate is rich, firm, and incredibly harmonious, with fantastic tension and freshness, and so many layers, finishing long, long, long. Only 3 barrels of this very decadent wine were made.
The 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon Enrapture has 6% Cabernet Franc in the blend. Deep purple-black in color, it charges out with powerful scents of creme de cassis, blackberry pie, and plum preserves, plus suggestions of clove oil, licorice, and camphor. Full-bodied, concentrated, rich, and explosive in the mouth, it has a firm yet velvety texture with just enough freshness and a long, opulent finish.
The 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon JCB #1 is all St. Helena fruit, and the idea with this cuvée is to create a classic, balanced, elegant expression of Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. I’m happy to say they’ve succeeded admirably. This deep purple-hued 2019 gives up lots of cassis fruits, subtle background oak, full-bodied richness, and textbook, complex notes of chalky minerality, toasted spices and Pauillac-like lead pencil shavings. It will cruise for 20-25 years in cold cellars.