93 points, Wine SpectatorThe grapes are harvested from a single vineyard located in the heart of Calistoga and planted to gravelly soils. Despite being on the valley floor, the berries are very small and impart characteristics of hillside fruit into the wine but still oer the balance that comes with valley floor fruit.Black tea, blackcurrants, leafy herb notes and a touch of menthol emerge from the glass. Ripe flavors of black cherry, raspberry, loganberry, plum compote and licorice spread across the palate. This is a full-bodied wine with bold tannins and a long finish letting the fruit shine.
93 points, Wine SpectatorOur Diamond Mountain District Cabernet Sauvignon was harvested from a single vineyard that sits high above the fog line at 2,000 feet. The vines are planted in shallow soils that are derived from volcanic and sedimentary rock.A deep garnet-purple in the glass, this Cabernet Sauvignon opens with notes of plum, red and black currants, cassis, cedar and dried herbs. Full-bodied with complex flavors of baking spice and dark fruit flavors are framed by firm, rugged mountain tannins. Textured and balanced, the finish is savory and long.
The grapes were harvested from two vineyards in the Howell Moutain appellation o of Cold Springs Road. Both are planted on volcanic ash soils and located only a half mile from each other.This 2018 Howell Moutain Cabernet Sauvignon opens with rich aromas of dark cherry, blackberry and baked plum. Notes of tobacco, bakers chocolate and earth are met with concentrated fruit flavors on the textured palate. Big, structured tannins lead to an outstanding and lengthy finish.
91 points, Wine SpectatorThe 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 weathered volcanic rock and alluvial sediments that create iron rich soil.Black cherry, warm black currants and stewed plums with notes of dried mint leap from the glass. Plush dark fruit flavors are met with a touch of bakers chocolate. Gentle on the palate with silky tannins, this is a balanced and elegant wine with warm earth notes on the finish.
92 points, Wine SpectatorThe grapes were harvested primarily from our Rutherford estate with a splash from another vineyard to really enhance the appellations characteristics. Fruit was selected from the older blocks that are planted in Pleasanton Loam soils.Charming aromas of blackberries, stewed plums, chocolate mint, tobacco, earth and spice emerge from the glass. This is a full-bodied wine with loads of black fruit preserves and crème de cassis. It has a good mid-palate depth and velvety tannins. The finish is balanced and lingers.
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.
92 points, Wine SpectatorThe 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.A deep garnet purple in color, vibrant aromas of red currants, mulberries and fresh black cherries spring from the glass. Crushed black currants, lavender and tapenade flavors are layered with blueberry and blackberry notes. This is a full-bodied wine with bold and seamless tannins. The finish is long with loads of freshness.
92 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.Deep garnet-purple in the glass, bright floral notes spring from the glass with blackcurrants and Asian spice. Bold and juicy flavors of raspberry and cherry are layered with chocolate. The mid-palate is beautifully textured with racy tannins and bright acidity. The finish is silky and lingers.
Our Atlas Peak Cabernet Sauvignon is harvested from two of the highest vineyards in Napa Valley with one reaching 1,483 feet in elevation. The higher elevation means cooler daytime temperatures and warmer nighttime temperatures so these grapes have prolonged hours of growth during the day as compared to the valley floor. The vineyards are planted in Hambright soils that were weathered from igneous rock and sit above the fog line.Deep garnet purple in color, this Cabernet Sauvignon has a bouquet of blackberry and black cherry with notes of black currant. Rich flavors of plum, raspberry and crème de cassis are layered with dark cocoa and baking spices. With fine-grained tannins and balanced acidity, this is a bold wine with a finish that lingers.
The grapes for this Cabernet Sauvignon are harvested from two vineyards within the Coombsville appellation. Both are planted on slight hillsides in gravelly loam soils. The vineyards are steeped in morning fog resulting in the grapes to ripen slowly creating a savory Cabernet Sauvignon with silky tannins.A bouquet of herbs mixed with bittersweet chocolate greet the nose in this Cabernet Sauvignon from Coombsville. Ripe raspberry, cherry and blueberry flavors are enhanced by notes of baked plum and tobacco. This is a full-bodied wine with smooth tannins and balanced acidity. There is a nice freshness to the lingering finish.
Harvested from critically acclaimed vineyards, this Cabernet Sauvignon captures the excellence of the Napa Valley mountain terroir. Known for its rich, concentrated flavors and earthy notes, the higher elevation vineyards impart the wine with a distinct flavor profile. This Mountain District Cabernet Sauvignon brims with dark fruit notes layered with espresso and tobacco with grippy tannins and a long, lingering finish.
The grapes for the Oak Knoll Cabernet Sauvignon are sourced from a single vineyard in the middle of the valley floor. Planted in Pleasanton Loam over a rocky sub-surface layer, creating very deep and well-drained soils.This vintage of the Oak Knoll Cabernet Sauvignon opens with alluring blackberry, baked plum and bay leaf aromas with a touch of tobacco. Savory flavors of cedar, warm blueberry pie and toasted almonds spread across the palate. This is a full-bodied wine with a round mouthfeel, balanced acidity and bold tannins. The finish is long and satisfying.
The grapes for the Yountville Cabernet Sauvignon are harvested from two vineyards on State Lane in the warmer northern reaches of east Yountville. Only half a mile apart, one vineyard is on boomer soil- more volcanic based while the other is planted in Cortina which has more alluvial fan and lots of cobblestones and river rock.Our Yountville Cabernet Sauvignon opens with floral notes of spring flowers, herbs and dark cherry aromas. Concentrated flavors of strawberry, raspberry and rhubarb are met with a touch of chocolate and baking spice. With fine-grained tannins, the finish is seamless.