After hearing of this for a while, I grabbed one of these a while back and decided to open as 2014 Napa cabs are generally pretty open knit right now. Great pedigree as the fruit was formerly sold to Harlan. Winemaker is TRB. This is their reserve bottle, which is a barrel select of their estate.
Sure does seem to have TRB’s signature style all through this wine, as I feel he has an amazing ability to pull the entire fruit spectrum (in terms of light red all the way to dark black) for Cabernet in the right sites. Right after opening, it filled the air with a lifted fruit profile...high toned dark chocolate dipped blackberries, blueberries, and baking spices like nutmeg, alongside floral violet notes. It’s rich on the palate without being flabby or too fruit forward. The darker fruits translate over...beautiful black cherries, but mostly ripe blueberries and freshly squeezed blackberries, followed by dark cocoa, espresso, toasted oak. Really nice acidity and fine grained tannins on the finish. Still youthful, but this can be enjoyed now with a couple hour decant. — 11 days ago
Tête De Cheval Brut (Riesling, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris) by Golubitskoe Estate (Russia) — 4 days ago
More like a fine Napa cab. Plum, blackberry, licorice, fresh herbs, light pepper spices, cigar box, and vanilla. On the palate it’s warm, gentle, and full of layered flavors, strung together by round but streaking acidity. Fine grained tannins.
Quite elegant, a word I don’t usually associate with Zin. Should continue to evolve over the next 5 years or so. — 12 days ago
This wine is excellent but needs to be decanted for at least two hours, it really improves — 12 days ago