This is a delicious Cabernet Sauvignon from a great vintage in Napa Valley.
Full bodied and bold with medium acidity and long legs.
Showing black fruits with chocolates, earth, cedar, spices, peppercorn, pencil lead, dark coffee, vanilla, licorice and light vegetables.
Dry on the palate with a long finish and fine grained tannins.
Good right out of the bottle, but really needs a few hours to open up properly and show the tannins, which we did not have this time, as it finished way too quickly.
This 8 year old is still young, and would age nicely in the next 15 years.
Showing great complexity with a smooth, soft and delicate mouthfeel. Rich yet elegant, with a spicy finish.
Grapes come from the younger vines of BOND, Harlan Estate and Promontory.
I paired it with a nice piece of steak and baked potatoe.
$170. — 2 months ago
Really good against the Mascot — 4 years ago
Wow! This is a punch in your face red. Very bold and leathery. The nose hits you with sour cherry. A deep breath in will set your nose on fire. Acidity is powerful but not overwhelming, at least when you expect a powerful wine. Finish refuses to tamper down and remains as strong as it started. A little almond and dried cranberry mingles with fresh herbs. Perfect for the holiday. The label mascot does NOT lie! RAWR! — 6 years ago
As a wine, this one is a 93. As a Merlot, 85 at best. This is the most varietally incorrect Merlot I've ever had. All previous CT tastings perhaps with exception to 1 or 2 describe a red fruited cabernet. If served next to a Mascot Cab with about 5 or 7 years of age, I could trick everyone into thinking this was another year's offering. Dark red pour violet to the rim. Nose of sweet red cherry liqueur. Entry is full bodied, spicy, good acidity. Middle of this wine has a hint of cola, pepper finish. The only hint of Merlot is that this one did have a little bit of mushroom and some herbaceousness show after a couple of hours. But still would never have guessed Merlot here. Delightful wine nevertheless. — 2 years ago
It has a fruity flavor immediately and then a slight tart/bitter after. Tasting against a barefoot mascot making it seem to have more variety of flavors. — 3 years ago
Dark ruby red with garnet edges and high intensity. Nose started off with some spices, like cloves, cinnamon, some dust, red cherries and a little wax. Like crayons. As it opened up there were also some espresso beans. Moderate tannins (7/10) and full bodied. Chewy mouthfeel and an earthy texture. Smooth spices and cherries throughout the palate with a semi-dry super long finish. A little more approachable than the Mascot. Classic high end Sonoma Cab. Drink till 2031. (91+) — 5 years ago
One of the 2 wines from the "damned vintage" of 2011. What a beautiful wine. This wine has a balance of complexity and power. Competes with the others here but I think it is a touch behind the Etain and Mascot. Black fruits dominate. Middle has a vanilla and roasted nut character. No green pepper or nitrogenous notes. Finishes with a toasted oak tannin. Still super young. THIS is Classic Napa. 20 years left. — 3 years ago