Still young...not as good as the Progeny — a year ago
One of my new favorite vineyards in Napa and a great owner and wine maker! Class act and an amazing property — 3 years ago
Compared to the 2009 Progeny SSR that this one was enjoyed alongside, this wine was a very clear second place. After cork pop, this one sort of had a funky news. Took about 20 minutes to find itself, and eventually gained some of the complex qualities of the SSR, but then seemed to make a divergence. Still, this is more of your dried blackberry, graphite, a little bit of herb, and did I mention this one is spicy on the finish!? Softened, tannins which seemed to be rounding out and integrating nicely. Did not quite have the same nostril burn that the SSR did, but it was there a bit. You can tell these wines are definitely related, and this one will definitely continue to improve in the bottle although I would say it is starting to enter a really good spot in the drinking window. — 4 years ago
So very good. — 2 years ago
I rated this a 95 a little under 2 years ago. This wine has done quite a bit of changing since then, definitely in a good way. It has become more structured and balanced. What a monster! Starts out with toasted oak, sweet bright and ripe blackberry, vanilla, cinnamon spice, black pepper, graphite all in the nose. The initial taste begged for a decant as this was primarily served pop and pour and the fruit was a little muted. Palate was dominated by blackberry fruit and seemed to develop a small amount of gravelly character in the middle. Finished with black pepper and black licorice notes. The bottle enjoyed 2 years ago seemed to be a little more forward and you can definitely tell this one pushed more to an even balance and longer finish. They hold these back just a tiny bit, and now I really understand why. Has another 15-20 years and I expect this to continue developing quite a bit. — 3 years ago
Wow. 15 yr old Cab from Napa. Tannins and fruits still doing their job. Complimented the BBQ Spencer’s just right. — 4 years ago
Bandol: pink or white.
It’s a slight culture shock as a moron gringo in the South of France when wines by the glass are identified not by producer or even by grape but simply by place. Bandol didn’t mean much to me as a place, I drove through it en route to Toulon from Marseille but that was about it. Probably it was the fact that it was a vague homonym for bandit drew me to it — which is admittedly kind of lame, but the wine seemed to deliver. Any more than the progeny of any other Mediterranean town would have? Je ne sais pas. But this wine right here is a phenomenal rosé.
50% Mourvèdre, 40% Cinsault, 10% Grenache from Bandol. — 4 years ago
Neat little comparison, as this was tasted alongside a 2009 O'Shaughnessy Mount Veeder Cabernet. It was interesting how these at first were very different, then started to converge, then started to diverge significantly. At the end of the comparison, this one was a two-point winner. This is a nose of classic Napa Cabernet. Blackberry currant, pepper that almost singes your nostril hair. Entry is full-bodied, Blackberry, blueberry, baking spices, currant, licorice, herbs. And just kept adding another layer and another layer. On the finish, softened tannins are noted yet toasted quality is still extremely present. This wine is showing superb integration, and in my opinion it's still probably 3 to 5 years away from the very top of the hill. This one has a long life ahead. — 4 years ago