Ending the weekend with a classic. Red fruit, cigar box and spice on the nose. Beautiful color. An explosion of flavors of plums, black currants, caramel and a little earthiness. The finish brings on tastes of licorice and coffee and is long and very nice. Tannins are fantastically integrated in this wine. Really nice wine. — 2 days ago
02' Kolbalt Cabernet. Last time I had this bottle was in 2010. I thought it needed a little time. Somewhat question that!?! Drinking it now on the tail end of its prime. Poured it straight into the decanter & filled up the glasses soon after.
Ruby red in color. Very little off of the nose. Palate- Classic, front & middle palate is full of black fruits. Subtle chocolate notes. Polished Cabernet with a backdrop of earthiness to it. Drink the 02's up. Want to try some of the newer vintages. If you have any suggestions? — 18 days ago
Who likes tannins! Tannins are very overpowering at first but then mend themselves into a velvety coat on the tongue. Haven't had much Mondavi but this is pleasant. Lots of oak, flower box, and plums. Chalky and earthy. Think of a thick bold Pinot noir but without the spice and less mud. Opening up after an hour in my new Zwiesel Burgundy glasses.
Surprised to learn some of the grapes are from To Kalon!! Haven't had a good Oakville #napacab in a while and this is a delight for $30.
•VINEYARDS• Fruit for our Napa Valley Cabernet includes two of the valley’s most renowned sub-appellations. Twenty-six percent is from our historic To Kalon vineyard in Oakville located on the well-drained alluvial bench surrounding the winery. An additional 10% comes from our Wappo Hill Vineyard in the Stag’s Leap district. The varying mesoclimates and soils of these two vineyards elicit a wonderfully concentrated, expressive, and classic Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon and are combined with fruit from a number of the area’s finest vineyards for the perfect expression of the region. Appellation: Napa Valley Grape Sourcing: Napa Valley (26% To Kalon Vineyard, 10% Wappo Hill Vineyard)
•WINEMAKING• The grapes were hand harvested into small bins and carefully sorted in our gravity-flow cellar. The clusters were gently de-stemmed directly into traditional oak tanks for cold soak, fermentation and extended maceration-a total of 22 days of wine to skin contact--maximizing the extraction of varietal character and complexity while keeping the tannins fleshy and supple. The new wine was drained and gently pressed into French oak barrels (17% new) for malolactic fermentation, assuring seamless integration of fruit and oak. The final blend was assembled through repeated tasting trials over the 17 months of barrel aging, and bottled in June of 2015. — 12 days ago
Stunning. Huge aromas of fruit, leather, wood -- classic Hourglass. Round, full, velvety mouthfeel. Long, long finish. Very approachable today and will keep getting better. — 12 hours ago
A super attractive, mid-weight wine, the estate's 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon offers up a classic expression of Rutherford. Sweet red cherry, iron, smoke and chocolate are all pushed forward, followed by a kick of energy that punctuates the finish. Exuberant and racy, with fabulous intensity, the 2013 is showing beautifully today. Despite its openness today, the 2013 has the pedigree to drink well for many years. (Antonio Galloni, Vinous) — 20 days ago