I understand why the Heitz Napa Cabernet doesn’t score higher upon release. It simply needs 10 years plus in bottle to excel.
I usually don’t open these until they have been in bottle ten years. However, this was handy when Sofia wanted a glass with dinner twice this week. So, it needed to be finished after I coravined it.
It’s ripe, jammy and lush now. Showing some Welches characteristics this early. Better things ahead. Juicy, somewhat syrupy fruits of; blackberries, dark cherries, black plums, black raspberries & juicy strawberries. It’s still primary without much integration. Touch of cherry Luden’s, mid dark spice, cinnamon, nutmeg, lighter clove, vanilla, stones, dark, rich earth, tobacco notes, some graphite, shoe leather, sandstone with bright, red, dark, blue florals with violets over the top. Very good round acidity. The finish is still jammy & not fully balanced, elegant and persisting minutes.
Shows promise in fruit, tannins and acidity. Hold another 5-8 years. — a month ago
Nice biodynamic “baby Vosne” - slightly darker fruit profile and relatively generous tannins. The warm vintage contributes a ripeness to the fruit character, verging on slightly jammy, yet there is still wonderful acid and a lightness of body. The structure here will likely allow this to age gracefully for the next 5 years or so. Looking forward to revisiting. Paired on night one with spiced roasted coho salmon and night two with a green coconut vegetable curry. Did well both nights. — a month ago
Dark ruby red with slight bricking. Earthy, spice, dark olive tapenade and pencil shavings followed by cassis, spice and vanilla notes on the nose. Dark plum and sour cherry flavors that are rich and smooth and some leathery spice notes A gravel cedar medium plus finish. with a tannin kick at the end. — a month ago
1.5 hour decant(decent chunky cloudy sediment). An imposing inky purplish garnet color. On the nose: A beautifully expressive nose with sweet blackberry, currant, anise, smoke, floral, chocolate creme brulee. Taste: Wow! Had to buckle my seat belt...elegant , rich wine with dark cherry, spice, charcoal, earthy, leading to a cocoa cedar Dry long finish. Firm tannnis.....this powerful (15% alc) still coiled wine wants 3-4 more years to start showing its best and a better score to come!!! Cheers! — a month ago