This wine opens with vibrant blackberry compote, black cherry and dark chocolate aromas that lead into the signature bright cherry note of the vineyard. The aromas are followed by rich dark berry and plum flavors with enticing hints of French vanilla and sage. On the palate, the wine has a full entry with fine-grained tannins and a smooth texture.
Enjoy this estate-grown Cabernet with braised short-ribs with grilled polenta or roast chicken with tarragon and sage.
"Smooth and velvety with luscious plum and berry fruit; toasty and deep with notes of vanilla oak and generous flavors that come together seamlessly; stunning and delicious. "
"The 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Fay stands out for its delineation and nuance. Sweet floral notes meld into plums, menthol black cherries, violets and tar. With time in the glass, the wine fleshes out beautifully. Today the tannins are firm, but once they soften the fruit should begin to emerge more fully. There is plenty of vibrancy and energy in the 2010, although the wine does shut down quickly in the glass. Anticipated maturity: 2016-2030."
Vinous / Antonio Galloni
"Oaky but classy nose of blackcurrant and coffee. Full, rich, silky and savoury, with a delightful freshness. Serious winemaking here – needs time to show its potential.
"Fragrant black currant flavors shine through the polish of this wine, busty, sweet Napa Valley cabernet grounded by savory notes. The tannins meld oak and grape-skin into scents of cocoa, espresso, green tea and mushrooms. As the wine develops with air, it feels less fat, more toned, with red currant accenting the black fruit notes. "
Wine & Spirits
"This 100% Cabernet is the winery’s best amongst their new releases. It’s rich and ripe with blackberries and cherries, along with lots of new French oak. It’s also very tannic, but the wine isn’t likely to improve in the long haul, so enjoy it now and over the next few years."