Even though the vintage is relatively young, this was a already a great balance between delicate flavors and strength and power not usually found alongside the delicate. It was easy to enjoy, and interesting. With notes of cherry cola on the nose and wild berries and coastal soil in the mouth. — 7 days ago
High acid, long, sour cherries and blueberries — 3 months ago
Cool monkey puzzle tree label drew me in. Dark, deep maroon. Blood or bruised plums at sunset. Smells of cigars (not box, actual cigar) and coffee with a hint of mints and red berries. Flavors are more tobacco products and a rich black berry, roasted red pepper streak. Bright and lively in some ways though. This is a great low cost Carmenere. Balanced, big and delicious. And it might even get more exciting and develop some complex subtleties as it get a bit older. — 3 months ago
Lovely!!! Cherry , spice & hints of floral Ruby color. 2018 — 6 months ago
The punishment beatings will continue until submission. Drew came with this bad boy from his cellar.
Cork disintegrated. Nose is peaty with mushroom and wood. Youthful on the palate with initial berry notes. Bright acidity has enabled this wine to sail on. Tertiary notes combine with resolved tannins. Lovely, mature wine. First growth in Napa for sure.
Drew’s rating.- 94 pts. — 2 days ago
Who drew that label to celebrate 350 year anniversary? 🤪 hope the wine is better!
2 hour decant (chunky and fine sediment). A sensational dark magenta color. Checking in on the hyped 09 vintage. On the nose: great nose of perfumed red plum, cassis, blueberry, floral, gravel, cedar, and vanilla. Taste: a smooth, juicy medium plus body wine. Tannins still present....a slight bruiser at the start of its development wanting another 4 years or more for the next bottle.....notes of plum, chocolate, spicy oak, tar, and a licorice medium plus finish. Hopefully a better score with more time. — 3 months ago
Zoom event with Drew Bledsoe and Josh McDaniels. Vertical from ‘07, ‘14, ‘15, ‘16, ‘17, ‘17 estate, and ‘18. All were exceptionally smooth and silky with good depth of fruit. Notes on the ‘17 estate reserve. I have to be honest. I liked the regular ‘17 better than the ‘17 estate reserve at this point in their lifecycle. I think the estate reserve is built for greater longevity and will race past the regular ‘17 in a few years but it was still a bit wound up. 94% CS, 6% petite Verdot. This wine was the most tannic of the night and had the biggest mouth feel. It coated your teeth with big fruit and tannins that were not as subtle as the other wines we tasted tonight. As these mellow out this wine will get better and better. Notes of cocoa and spice linger through the long finish. There were subtleties in this wine that will emerge with time. Put this away for 3-5 years and revisit it when it has had time to mellow a bit. — 4 months ago
This is the best wine I’ve ever had. That’s all. — a month ago