#20 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2011
The Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon opens with intense aromas of juicy ripe plums, black cherries and blackberries. The flavors expand to include black tea, licorice and fresh bay leaf. Broad, ample tannins remind us that this is an Oakville wine and the experience concludes with a lengthy, persistent dark cherry finish.
Blend: 88% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Cabernet Franc, 2% Merlot, 1% Malbec and 1% Petite Verdot
"A supple, graceful, yet potent and engaging young Cabernet, the proverbial iron fist in a velvet glove. Shows intense, minty bay leaf and dried currant and berry flavors that unfold gracefully, picking up a nice minerally edge as well as tannins that are firm yet graceful and refined. Drink now through 2020."
Big & Bold
This wine has a nice nose, fruit comes through on the pallet, with a hint of mint on the finish which is long. The tannis are still young and it will benefit from 2 - 3 years in the cellar or an hour or more exposure to air.