A true stunner at now twenty years of age, the 1999 ‘Reserve’ Cabernet Sauvignon (WWB, 95) features fruit from the storied To-Kalon Vineyard which lies right behind the Mondavi winery. On the nose this shows wonderful floral tones with red rose petals masquerading with dark kirsch, sagebrush, and wild mushroom aromatics that all meld in the glass. The palate is viscous and silky smooth upon the attack with intense wild blackberry purée, Umami, white truffle shavings, and a beam of salinity alongside the dusty terroir. Overall, this complex and beautifully balanced Napa Cabernet is magical now and will continue to develop well for the next ten to fifteen years — 5 days ago
The 2013 beast 🐻 is starting to emerge from hibernation, but hasn’t fully woken up yet. Tannins have softened but are still firm and cut through a steak with ease. Fruit still fresh and lifted, bright and preserved by present acidity. Very good, but will only get better. — 6 days ago
Deep ruby red. Reserved nose with blackfruits, cherries, currants, gravel, tobacco leaves and some light spices. Medium tannins (6.5/10) and medium plus bodied. A bit of acidity on the palate with notes of forest floor, restrained black fruits, smoked meats and dark gravel. Long finish. Drink till 2022. — 12 days ago
Opaque core , quite fine pink rim. Really stains the glass , very large legs . Rich blackberry , cassis, chocolate , violets. On the palate rich and quite sweet blackberry fruit , chocolate tinged , cassis liqueur , long on the finish however and surprisingly hiding most of that alarming 15.2 % alcohol. Reasonable acidity and suave fine tannins , long finish . Should age pretty well but already shows well with a bit of air. Will improve over the next 10 -15 years or so I suppose. The following day showing more liquorice , pretty sweet blackberry liqueur. It is pretty big and rich , no subtlety , but it is well made and successful for the style in which it is made. Harmony of the Seas , main dining level 4 , somewhere off the Cuban coast. — 8 days ago
Heck of a hosting by @Weston Eidson last night for the City Club wine group. All wines were tasted blind.
My other Co-WOTN. For me, these wines are up there with the best in Napa. The history, the people and the wines are just top shelf. Loved our visit here earlier this year. Having had the ‘13, ‘14 and ‘16, this seems to be the most accessible and certainly more so than the ‘13. This was powerful the entire evening and the fruit stayed ripe and sweet covering the red, blue and black spectrum. Graphite, dark chocolate up front, but it did turn more elegant at the finish showing potpourri and baking spices. Sheer To Kalon power. — 4 days ago
Exceptional, well balanced Cabernet from Napa. Rather young at this point, could benefit from a few more years in the bottle. At this age, it really opens up after about an hour of air. Medium bodied with slight fruit, it’s acidic at first but that falls off after some time in glass. Not the best but this is very enjoyable! — 7 days ago
We haven’t had the reserve for some time. Our last experience fell short, but normal service has been restored.
Notes of charcoal and tobacco on the nose. Palate gives way to fleshy, mature but ripe black fruits. Delicate spice notes combine with soft brown sugar on the mid palate. Finishes with poise and grace. Tannins are tucked in. Drink now or hold, but this won’t go to a better place.
Photo by wifey. — 3 days ago
Founded by Donn and Molly Chappelet in 1967 on renowned Pritchard Hill. A blend of 76% Cab Sauv, 9% Petit Verdot, 6% Malbec, 5% Cab Franc & 4% Merlot. Deep Ruby with purple edges, aromas of dark berry fruits, cedar, cacao and gentle sweet herbs. On the palate rich flavors of blackberry and currants with sweet oak and herbs with a great mouthfeel. Soft fine tannins, lingering ending with fruit and gentle oak. Will improve but great now! — 2 days ago
Finished our trip to the Okanagan and had experienced some great new wines that will write up in due time. Back home and to celebrate the trip we opened something completely different, a 100% cab franc made in a 1980s style California red. It’s heavy with ripe dark fruits, namely plums, black currants, dark cherry followed by herbaceous notes, earth, graphite and leather. There is a moderate amount of rounded tannin that fills the palate. Served with steak, grilled portabello mushroom and asparagus. — 6 days ago
Nice note from my friends at Realm. Opened the Houyi to use the new decanter. Didn’t really need it though; the wine drinks well right from the bottle. Most wineries couldn’t dream of making a wine this good but @Benoit Touquette makes it seem routine! — 3 days ago