@Jason Jones had just gotten these in and when he teased about opening one, I had no choice but to push him over the edge...undoubtedly way too young, but it can be fun to check in on these to see the potential.
This will be the last vintage for Lillian Cabernet. The fruit is from True Vineyard on Howell and it shows. Robust and powerful. All the elements are there on the nose with smoked bacon fat, anise, crushed rock, violets, and underripe red and black fruits. Very floral and became more so with time in the glass. On the palate it was coiled tightly with dusty and gripping tannins, underripe blackberries, mocha, potpourri, and currant. Patience will be rewarded. — 8 days ago
A blend of 93% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Cabernet Franc & 2% Petit Verdot, aged for 22 Months in new French oak, 4,408 cases made. Deep Ruby with developing aromas of red and black fruits and notes of oak, mushroom and forest floor. On the palate flavors of blackberry, cherry and black plum with a meaty stewed fruit charm, some sweet spice, cacao and herb notes. Fine structured soft tannins well integrated, long finish, ending with dried fruit character adding leather, nutty notes and oak. Outstanding, drinking well starting to develop tertiary aromas flavors! Tasting Sample. — 10 days ago
Drank on 10/30/2019 with King; Vintage 2009 — 22 days ago
Earthy, wonderful with Short Ribs — 14 days ago
Fruit on pallet, wonderful. — 14 days ago
It has been a few years since our last 2007. It has softened some but, still a beast and picked up more florals. The 2007 has shown the consistent quality of the vintage over multiple bottles.
The nose reveals; dark sweet currants, deeply extracted blackberries, black raspberries, black plum, purple fruit blend, blueberries, poached strawberries on the glass edges, anise to black licorice, limestone minerals, steeped fruit teas, sweet tarriness, leathery notes, dry crushed rocks, dry brush, dry herbs, dark liqueur notes, hints of graphite, volcanic minerals, dry top soil, expresso roast, vanilla, light, dark clove, touch of nutmeg, dark chocolate, coco powder, malt in malt balls with dark, withering & candied florals with violets & lavender.
The body is; ruby, lush and full. The tannins are; round, chewy, meaty, dusty and only 50% resolved. The structure, tension, length and balance have just hit their stride and still climbing. Dark sweet currants, deeply extracted blackberries, black raspberries, black plum, purple fruit blend, blueberries, plum, poached strawberries on the glass edges, anise to black licorice, limestone minerals, steeped fruit teas, sweet tarriness, leathery notes, dry crushed rocks, moist clay, dry brush, dry herbs, dark liqueur notes, hints of graphite, volcanic minerals, dry top soil, expresso roast, vanilla, light, dark clove, touch of nutmeg, dark chocolate, mocha, caramel, coco powder, malt in malt balls, Asian spice, splash of soy sauce, a touch of black pepper, wood plank, withering & candied florals with violets & lavender. The acidity is like a fresh mountain stream. The long finish is; elegant, ripe, ruby, well balanced fruit & earth and persistent for days.
The 07 has 10-20 years of good drinking ahead depending on how you store & enjoy wine.
Photos of; their Estate vines as viewed from their patio terrace, the famous Napa Valley sign on Hwy 29 at sunset and a couple different shots of their member party. — 6 days ago
Watchin’ the Celts and drinking a decidedly old school Zin. Only 13.2%, the grapes originate from rocky mountain terroir. Classic Zin nose of brambly, inky blackberry, and cracked rock minerality. In the mouth is where it diverges from most current-day fruit bomb Zins. It’s relatively lean, with noticeable dynamic structure and great acids. The fruit is there, but it doesn’t smother other aspects of the wine. Retro in the best way. This would absolutely strut with tagliatelle in bolognese or papardelle with duck sauce. — 15 days ago