Hall Wines

Exzellenz Sacrashe Vineyard Red Wine

9.518 ratings
9.45 pro ratings
Rutherford, Napa Valley, California, USA
Red Blend
Game, Baking Spices, Duck, Goose, Potato, Chili & Hot Spicy, White Rice, Exotic Spices, Pasta, Herbs, Beans & Peas, Onion, Chicken, Pork, Venison, Salami & Prosciutto, Pungent Cheese, Soft Cheese, Mushrooms, Tomato-Based, Turkey, Veal, Hard Cheese
Top Notes For
Shay A
9.5

This was my contribution for a 10-yr retrospective of Napa cab with a local group. All wines (16 of them) were tasted blind. Others of note were Cardinale, Larkmead, Bryant Family, Vineyard 29, Corra and Jacquelyn To-Kalon.

My first experience with this wine, and when I acquired it, I wasn’t aware it was a 100 pointer. I’ve had many Hall wines but this is definitely their most structured wine. It’s fruit forward but in no way close to their other offerings. At 100% cab, it drinks like it. I let this breathe from bottle for about 2hrs before it was thrown in a decanter for another 2-3hrs and consumed. I had a splash at pop and it was crazy coiled, underripe and dusty. When I came back to it later (albeit blind, so I’m looking at my notes), it sported dark fruit on both the nose and the palate. Dark cocoa dipped black cherries, ripe blueberries and blackberries, as well as cassis and espresso aromatically. There was also a bit of a lavender/floral note that gave it a unique quality. On the palate, it eventually smoothed out beautifully, but was powerful the entire time. Dense and rich with added notes of fig, baking spices, and cocoa dusted fruits. One of those wines that makes you think overpowering, but then dials it down to silk on the finish. I think this is just entering a prime drinking window. Bummer I don’t have more.

This was my contribution for a 10-yr retrospective of Napa cab with a local group. All wines (16 of them) were tasted blind. Others of note were Cardinale, Larkmead, Bryant Family, Vineyard 29, Corra and Jacquelyn To-Kalon.

My first experience with this wine, and when I acquired it, I wasn’t aware it was a 100 pointer. I’ve had many Hall wines but this is definitely their most structured wine. It’s fruit forward but in no way close to their other offerings. At 100% cab, it drinks like it. I let this breathe from bottle for about 2hrs before it was thrown in a decanter for another 2-3hrs and consumed. I had a splash at pop and it was crazy coiled, underripe and dusty. When I came back to it later (albeit blind, so I’m looking at my notes), it sported dark fruit on both the nose and the palate. Dark cocoa dipped black cherries, ripe blueberries and blackberries, as well as cassis and espresso aromatically. There was also a bit of a lavender/floral note that gave it a unique quality. On the palate, it eventually smoothed out beautifully, but was powerful the entire time. Dense and rich with added notes of fig, baking spices, and cocoa dusted fruits. One of those wines that makes you think overpowering, but then dials it down to silk on the finish. I think this is just entering a prime drinking window. Bummer I don’t have more.

Oct 31st, 2020
Shawn R

Always fun to try 100 point wines, this wine is showing well yet has 10+ years left in it. Cashmere nose-has a sweet element on the front of the palate laced with mocha, lavender and cocoa dust. Sweet tannins, gives great texture.

Always fun to try 100 point wines, this wine is showing well yet has 10+ years left in it. Cashmere nose-has a sweet element on the front of the palate laced with mocha, lavender and cocoa dust. Sweet tannins, gives great texture.

Oct 21st, 2018
Gretchen Keith

100 pt wine, gotta love left overs from Mike Reynolds

100 pt wine, gotta love left overs from Mike Reynolds

1 person found it helpfulSep 21st, 2014
David Pennycook

Very pretty and elegant.

Very pretty and elegant.

Oct 12th, 2015
Ken Venezio

Tonight's opener. We'll give this a few hour decant and report back. UPDATE: Out of the bottle you know this is a real gem. Nose is extraordinary. Fruit and florals. Throughout the bottle this is exceptionally rich with perfect balance. Longest finish I've tasted in a cab. Could easily stand another 5-10 yrs.

Tonight's opener. We'll give this a few hour decant and report back. UPDATE: Out of the bottle you know this is a real gem. Nose is extraordinary. Fruit and florals. Throughout the bottle this is exceptionally rich with perfect balance. Longest finish I've tasted in a cab. Could easily stand another 5-10 yrs.

Sep 4th, 2021
Jeffrey Vlasic

Celebrating Father’s Day and bringing home healthy baby Jojo 🍼 ❤️

Celebrating Father’s Day and bringing home healthy baby Jojo 🍼 ❤️

Jun 21st, 2020
Mike Ingram

Spectacular vintage!!

Spectacular vintage!!

Dec 20th, 2016
Melissa Housman

Amazing wine All around. 2010 vintage got 100 pts from Parker.

Amazing wine All around. 2010 vintage got 100 pts from Parker.

Jan 3rd, 2016
Jim Nakashima

Wow

Aug 20th, 2015
Sarah Stierch

Food & Wine Editor Sonoma Valley Sun

8.8

Sarah had this 6 years ago

Sarah had this 6 years ago

Dec 22nd, 2015