Happy Valentine’s Day! A little Napa Cabernet to go with our beef tenderloin and red wine reduction sauce.
The nose reveals, floral creme de cassis, ripe and ruby; blackberries, dark cherries, plum, blue fruits, baked strawberries and hints of black raspberries, limestone minerals, black licorice notes, lighter intensity dark spices, dark chocolate, vanilla, nutmeg, clove, volcanic minerals, rich dark soils, a touch of dry crushed rocks, steeped dark berry tea with red florals, violets and lavender.
The body is full with well rounded velvety dark, dusty tannins. The structure, tension, length and balance have just past its high point by a smidge. The acidity’s like a fresh water stream. Floral creme de cassis, ripe and ruby; blackberries, dark cherries, plum, blue fruits, cherries, pomegranate extract, dry cranberries, raspberries, baked strawberries and hints of black raspberries, limestone minerals, black licorice notes, notes of dark berry bubble gum, lighter intensity dark spices, black pepper dark chocolate, vanilla, nutmeg, clove, Provence herbs, volcanic minerals, rich dark soils, a touch of dry crushed rocks, steeped dark berry tea with red florals, violets and lavender. The finish has great balance with fruit and earth. It’s; soft, elegant, rich, lush and persistent for minutes.
— 3 days ago
The ‘91 Montelena has a very special place in my heart, as many of you may know from the post I made here a few years back about my Mom. That emotional component aside, this is just an extraordinary example of classic Cabernet. A deep core of warm dark fruit, a silky smooth mouthfeel and a lingering, elegant finish of impressive length. Such a special thought provoking wine. — 2 months ago
It was between this and the 1987 Spottswoode. Glad I chose this one. This is a black fruit dominated wine that actually had a rather sweet nose even after 2 hours of popping the cork. There is still so much youth here, but the middle shows an extremely mature integration that only time I can give these wines. Some herbs showing here in the middle. Super impressed, and this one is drinking extremely well. It is not showing the aged black fruit profile that lots of wines of this year are starting to show. If served blind, I would have guessed this was a 2005. Finishes soft, with excellent tanic integration. I still think this bottle would appreciate over the next couple of years, and then it will be at peak for who-knows-how-long. Wow. — 9 days ago
My first Heitz and it's surprisingly elegant for a warm vintage. Drinking at its peak now, or perhaps even in its decline (did not hold out till the next day). On the nose, ripe black fruits, dried florals, pyrazine, anise, tobacco, wood, balsamic notes. The palate brings along some sour cherries, leather, and rocks. Tannins fully resolved and acidity remarkably present. Finish was alright (medium). Interesting to note that AC found the alcohol (14.5%) prominent, although I didn't think it was a problem. Balanced to me and I found the wine quite enjoyable. More importantly, I'm very convinced that I need to try more Heitz Cellar wines (sadly, the winery's been sold). — 25 days ago
This is one of the finest wines I have ever tasted. We purchased this wine at the winery after a top notch tasting experience in 2012. A gentleman named Jordan hosted our private tasting and basically helped us plan the remainder of wine vacation. No disappointments! We have since learned how fortunate we were to have that experience. Apparently it is not easy to get an appointment at Palmaz. Beautiful concentrated fruit and structure followed by a lingering finish. Seamless and elegant start to finish! Nirvana! Cheers! — 3 days ago
Gorgeous expression. Tasted side-by-side with 2007. This one has a completely different nose. Green forest and heavy on blackberries, not cherries. A little gamey earth and blackberries on the palate. This is rainy Oregon weather Cab. I appreciate both vintages.
Earthier and deeper plummy heaviness as the we drink through the bottle. — 16 hours ago
Perhaps a bit past its peak but still showing very well. I’m a sucker for older vintage Beringer and Mondavi reserve but I think the Mondavi’s have better stuffing for the long haul. This was a mature Cab with a muted bruised plum/fig/mocha profile that shows nice balance and restraint. Drink now. — 2 months ago
Wow. Yeah, this drinks well outside its price point. Pours DARK in the glass with a maroon meniscus. Nose of blackberry and mocha. Entry is soft, fruit forward. Dense. Dark chocolate mocha and pepper to the finish. Not overly complex but wasn't really designed to be. Dusty finish as if a large part of this is decommissioned Rutherford fruit. Tannin is soft. Black pepper finish, big on its own and more tame with food. Went well with pulled pork sliders and peppery cole slaw. This is definitely a bottle that is made to pop and pour. But this is well made and the structure is there! The best days of this wine are right now. Thanks @Shay A ! — 6 days ago
BV grapes, first planted back in 1900, by founder Georges de Latour. A blend mostly Cab Sauv & small amount of Petit Verdot. Deep dense red with complex fruit aromas, oak & floral spice. On the palate flavors of blackberry & cherry with currant and cacao notes adding cedar tones. Soft tannins with a young edge, lingering finish, well integrated, nicely balanced, a joy to drink. Will age a long time. Wait! A Wow factor wine!! Outstanding! — 4 days ago
Revisiting this burly beast almost a year later and it’s still as it was before: terrific. Impenetrable dark crimson with a little more bricking going on. Vanilla, lavender, a good bit of oak, and blueberries on the nose. At almost eleven years old, this doesn’t remind me so much of a standard Napa Can but rather a nice Bordeaux. The heat from the alcohol has definitely settled down and is presenting some wonderful balance. There’s still some fruit here with layers of blueberries, cherries, and cranberries. Tobacco, coffee, and leather on the palate. This is a wine that’s absolutely singing right now. All hail to Last Bottle. Just like I said a year ago, powerful, ripe fruit, and great structure. — 4 days ago