91 points, Wine SpectatorAt the foot of Mount St. Helena, Calistogas warmer climate and volcanic soils produce wines of unmistakable character. With a southwestern exposure and deep, established roots that allow for the use of minimal irrigation, the vines produce berries that were crafted into a wine with excellent flavor, body and overall complexity.Our 2016 Calistoga Cabernet Sauvignon opens with a bouquet of boysenberry, huckleberry and a note of soft spice. Plush flavors of fresh baked berry pie and allspice spread across the palate and are balanced by cocoa and a touch of vanilla. This is a structured wine with sweet tannins and a lovely finish - a true expression of Cabernet Sauvignon and its terroir.
94 points, Wine Advocate94 points, Jeb DunnuckOur Diamond Mountain District Cabernet Sauvignon is harvested from southern facing slopes just north of Diamond Mountain Road. Our Cabernet Sauvignon grapes benefit from the well-draining volcanic soils and direct sunlight, resulting in grapes with brighter acidity and full-bodied,well-structured tannins.Our 2016 Diamond Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon showcases beautifully the warmer mountain terroir in which it is grown. Opening with a bouquet of dried red fruit, espresso, and aged leather seamlessly intertwined. On the palate, this wine is full-bodied with concentrated flavors of red cherry, blackberry and finishing with an earthy minerality. The silky mouthfeel layered with the well-integrated tannins lead to a longsavory finish.
94 points, Jeb Dunnuck93 points, James Suckling93 points, Wine Spectator90 points, Wine EnthusiastThe grapes for the Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon were sourced from a single vineyard at 1751 ft. in elevation in the highly coveted area of Cold Springs Road. The Forward Silt Loam soil has excellent drainage and the grapes were harvested from a shadier side of the vineyard to avoid over exposure to the sun.Our 2016 Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon is a lovely deep garnet-purple color in the glass and opens with aromas of black currants, pine, and stewed plum. Medium to full bodied with balanced acidity and complex flavors of blackberry compote, true and subtle apple wood notes.
94+ points, Jeb Dunnuck93 points, Wine Spectator92+ points, Wine AdvocateThe grapes for the Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon were sourced from a single vineyard at the corner of Oakville cross road. This knoll-top vineyard is home to young vines that are expertly maintained and densely planted meter by meter for sun exposure and grape ripening maturity. The soil of this vineyard is Perkins Gravelly Loam soil which features weathers volcanic rock and alluvial sediments that create iron rich soil.A deep garnet-purple color in the glass, our 2016 Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon showcases aromas of intense plum preserves and exotic spice notes that leap from the glass. This full-bodied, rich yet decadent Cabernet features intense flavors of dark fruit, chocolate, eucalyptus and a hint of cedar. Grainy tannins lead to a lively and long, opulent finish.
96 points, Jeb Dunnuck91 points, Wine SpectatorFor the 2016 vintage, we selected grapes from a single block in our Rutherford Estate vineyard. In addition to being certified organic and biodynamic, the estate vineyards are planted on deeper soil and tend to be warmer on average which provides volume and texture to the wine.A deep garnet-purple in the glass, our 2016 Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon opens with beautiful aromas of black currant and cherry with a touch of cedar. Flavors of red currant, chocolate and tobacco lead to a medium to full-bodied palate. Firm and grainy tannins are complimented by a very long, fruity and uplifting finish.
Grapes for the Rutherford Merlot are picked from one block on our Rutherford estate vineyard which is farmed according to Biodynamic® and organic principals. The vineyard is known for gravelly alluvial fan soils with good drainage, creating more intense flavors in the wine. The vines in this block were picked according to their location, which faces the morning sun and provides a cooler environment for the vines lending fully balanced wines with exceptional texture and characteristics of the terroir.This beautiful Merlot opens with luscious aromas of dark fruits complemented by hints of dark chocolate and spice. On the palate, rich flavors of blackberry, plum and espresso lead to a medium to full mouthfeel. This well-balanced wine features dusty yet structured tannins and a long, satisfying finish.
93 points, Wine SpectatorThe grapes for the Spring Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon were sourced from a single vineyard sitting at approximately 1,900 feet in elevation that features a mix of Boomer and Forward soils that are formed from weathered metavolcanics and igneous rocks, along with rhyolitic tu. The well-drained volcanic and sedimentary soils coupled with high winter rainfall, cool springtime weather and warm harvest nights lead to a unique flavor profile. Intense fruit flavors and complex mountain tannins best characterize wines from this vineyard.Our 2016 Spring Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon opens with enticing aromas of black currant, clove and a hint of bittersweet tobacco. On the palate, this wine bursts open with flavors of dark plums, licorice and black tea with balanced mineral notes that leads to a long, satisfying finish.
92 points, Wine Spectator91 points, Wine & Spirits90 points, Wine EnthusiastThe grapes for the Stags Leap Cabernet Sauvignon were sourced from a single vineyard east of Silverado Trail and just South of Stags Leap winery. Due to the way this vineyard is planted, we harvest the morning side and the afternoon side of the vines separately so as to bring in each berry at the peak of ripeness. Intense fruit flavors and complex tannins best characterize wines from this vineyard.Our 2016 Stags Leap Cabernet Sauvignon is a dense purple color in the glass and opens with aromas of black cherry, roasted coee beans and cola notes. On the palate, flavors of black licorice, red currant and chocolate lead to a medium to full body, supple tannins and a long, silky finish. This is a wine to be enjoyed now or cellared for the next 10+ years.
94 points, Jeb Dunnuck93+ points, Wine Advocate92 points, Wine SpectatorThe grapes for the St. Helena Cabernet Sauvignon were sourced from a single vineyard located on the West side of St. Helena. This vineyard is located on gravelly alluvial fan soil with excellent drainage, an essential component in high quality fruit development. The vines are less vigorous in this area of the Napa Valley, producing smaller berries and lower yields, for more concentrated, intense wines with good tannin structure. The wine is produced to showcase the terroir and distinct flavor characteristics of our cherished vineyards.Cabernet Sauvignon oers enticing aromas of baked cherries, cassis and a hint of tobacco. Flavors of warm plums with a touch of dusty soil burst through on a big, concentrated and full palate. This wine is packed with rich fruit and balanced with firm, grainy tannins that lead to a long, satisfying finish.