Blending a majority of Merlot with Syrah, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Petite Sirah and Malbec, this red is tight and fresh in bright red fruit, big tannins and generous power. It dances around components of cocoa powder and baking spice, with pronounced toasted oak.
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With its scents of orange blossoms and gardenias, this smells like a flower garden in June, earthy and floral underneath, layered with creamy vanilla notes and some relieving bitterness of oak tannins. It feels spicy and cool, built for a lemony roast chicken.
Ripe and direct, with a steady beam of red and black currant preserves, inlaid with anise, singed vanilla and tobacco notes. Delivers grip and drive through the finish, revealing a tug of iron at the very end. Very solid.
This large-scale red is approachable in dense red fruit, thick, supple tannin and integrated oak. Rhubarb, dark cherry, clove and orange peel combine across a full-bodied palate of richness and length.
The iodine, currant, and spice aromas with hints of incense are beautiful. Full body and round,caressing tannins with tension and light chewiness. 73% cabernet sauvignon, 11% malbec, 6% merlot, 6% cabernet franc and 4% petit verdot.
Coming from a single vineyard on the west side of St. Helena, the 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon District Collection St. Helena (100% Cabernet Sauvignon) offers a dense purple/plum color as well as a complex nose of blackcurrants, Asian spice, iron, nori, and chocolate. It's rich, beautifully textured, has medium to full-bodied richness, and a great finish. This cuvée comes from a site on the western side of St. Helena and was brought up in 41% new French oak.
Blackcurrants, black tea, cedarwood, and leafy herb notes, as well as a kiss of chocolate all, emerge from the 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon District Collection Calistoga, which is medium-bodied, balanced, and has classic Cabernet Sauvignon character. This cuvée comes from a single vineyard in the middle of the valley floor and spent 18-20 months in 53% new French oak.
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.
The region’s distinctive tannins lend this silken cabernet a layered richness and a supple feel. Oak adds notes of roasted coffee beans and bitter chocolate, deepening the red-currant flavor. Gentle and round, it’s ready for a juicy steak or grilled portobellos.
Leading off the District Collection series, the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon District Collection Yountville is a silky, medium to full-bodied, beautifully balanced effort that has classic black cherries, ground herbs, and smoke tobacco notes. It’s a sexy gem of a wine that has no hard edges and a beautiful finish.
A terrific example of this warmer mountain terroir located in the northern part of the valley, the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon District Collection Diamond Mountain has the textbook savoriness, dried red fruits, and earthy minerality that I always find in wines from Diamond Mountain. It’s full-bodied, layered, and seamless, and while it has plenty of upfront charm, it’s going to keep for 20 years without any issues.
Made predominantly from Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, this bold full-bodied blend is invitingly floral in cherry blossom and coconut flakes, the oak showy and present. Cherry and cassis flavors are rounded and rich on the palate and the body brawny and broadly defined in tannin and oak.
The 2015 Chardonnay Generations gives up fresh grapefruit, green mango, cedar and lemon tart notes with hints of fresh ginger, nutmeg and baking bread. The palate is quite oak driven, with medium to full body and just enough freshness to lift the concentrated, decadent flavors, finishing on a toasty note.
From the cooler reaches of the Napa Valley, this Coombsville wine is herbal and leathery, with a taste of bittersweet chocolate at its core. Integrated oak plays a background role behind baked plum and intense, ripe fruit, finishing in tobacco. — V.B.
Crisp and high in acidity, this wine mixes cinnamon, vanilla and pear flavors, accented by a note of exotic orange blossom on the nose. With a low presence of oak and medium body, it remains fresh and vibrant in the glass, offering a hit of toast and vanilla on the finish. —V.B.
Fleshy and dry, this voluptuous wine has an abundance of creamy weight on the palate, but it never veers too far, remaining balanced and ultimately elegant. Stone fruit and quince vie for attention, with a salty undertow of lemongrass and ginger.