The flagship of this impressive estate, the 2021 Cabernet Sauvignon Generations is an up-front, plush, incredibly sexy barrel sample that's just about overflowing with red and black fruits as well as spicy oak, dried flowers, and savory herb-driven aromas and flavors. Full-bodied, concentrated, and balanced, this pleasure-bent effort is going to shine right out of the gate yet still evolve for two decades.
In comparison, the 2021 Cabernet Sauvignon JCB #10 is a bigger, richer, more unctuous effort that reveals a dense purple color as well as a smorgasbord-like array of ripe blue fruits, chocolaty oak, violets, and ripe herbs. It's full-bodied and concentrated, yet still holds onto a terrific sense of finesse and elegance, and the tannins are beautiful. Both wines are brilliant.
I was able to taste two barrel samples from the JCB lineup. The 2021 Cabernet Sauvignon JCB #1 is the slightly more elegant and seamless of the two, offering a pure, perfumed nose of ripe currants, toasted spice, graphite, and tobacco leaf. With perfectly integrated oak, full-bodied richness, and just about perfect tannins, this is legit awesome juice. The #1 Cuvee comes from two vineyards in St. Helena and is Clone 4 and Clone 7.
Mostly Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2019 Tarot comes from a mix of valley floor sites and was raised in mostly neutral French oak. It's a smoking value and offers lots of sweet red and black fruits, notes of herbes de Provence and spice, medium body, ripe, soft tannins, and outstanding length. It's not going to make terribly old bones, but this beauty will put a smile on your face any time over the coming 7-8 years, if not longer.
This wine’s rich, cherry crush of fruit is in the youthful grip of its tea-like tannins, lasting in notes of cherry skins and the peppery warmth of oak. There’s complexity in the tannins, in scents of tree bark and leaves, and in their grand texture. A steakhouse pour, this will benefit from a year in the cellar. — Reviewed by Joshua Greene