About 2010 Vintage:
"The 2010 harvest year was punctuated by a direct move from Spring into Fall. Summer basically consisted of several huge heat spikes that set records in Northern California. The cool weather we encountered during most of the growing season allowed the grapes to develop slowly resulting in maturity at lower sugars and higher acidities at harvest. Coupled with this balance, the fruitiness of the grape was retained resulting in exceptional aromas and flavors. However, the heat spikes did result in some vineyard issues. Large quantities of grapes, were lopped off the vines to keep them from being harvested and brought into the winery. After all the hand wringing that Mother Nature caused during the season, the 2010 harvest may actually go down as one of the most intriguing, most difficult and the best vintages of the early 21st century. The reds are stunning – amazing colors in wines that are soft, supple and full bodied. Amazing results from an amazing year!"
94 Points - Wine Enthusiast Magazine
"If you don’t cellar this Cab, you’ll miss out on what it has to offer. It is a dry, deeply flavored, superbly structured wine, rich in tannins, with brooding depths of flavors ranging from black currants, cassis and licorice to hints of dried herbs and sweet, toasty cedar wood. The alcohol is on the high side, in the modern Napa style, but the wine wears its heat well. Start drinking it after 2018."
93 Points - Wine Enthusiast Magazine
"From the winery’s estate vineyard, on the eastern side of the Oakville appellation, this Cab is incredibly lush and delicious. It dazzles with rich blackberry, cherry pie, currant and cassis liqueur flavors, perfectly accented by sweet, smoky oak. It’s soft in tannins, yet ageworthy. Drink now–2020."
2008 Vintage: 96 Points , Wine Enthusiast
"A huge Cabernet, in the best sense of the word. It wasn’t the easiest vintage, as 2007 was, but meticulous winemaking did the job, resulting in this amazingly rich, impressively ripe wine that’s drinkable now and will develop for many years. The fruits veer toward blackberries, cherries and cola, and the tannins are soft and refined. One hundred percent new French oak isn’t at all heavy, lending nuances of buttered toast and sweet wood tannins
2007- 94 Points WIne Spectator
Tight and concentrated, with a dense, rich, chewy beam of dried currant, mineral, graphite, black cherry and blackberry fruit that's intense and full-blown, both flexing its muscle while displaying deft balance. Ends with a compact, layered finish. Best from 2012 through 2022. Tasted twice, with consistent notes. JL
Drink from 2012 to 2022