Stephan Gushue's Reviews
12 reviews were found
Smooth & Supple
A solid wine with a wonderful nose and deep color. Mouthfeel is beautiful with good extraction and outstanding fruit. Great wine for the price and much better than the WS rating might indicate. Cellared away a few to watch develop over time. The wine carries good Rutherford fruit, smooth texture with enough extraction to develop boldness and borderline big wine.
Light & Fruity
Disappointed with the the promise of a 93 rating wine. A clean monodimensional wine with no overpowering flaws, however, it has nothing special going for it either. The nose is tight and unrevealing (even on the second day). Some black fruit on the palate but the wine struggles to find any sort of balance. There is some oak, but it is not rendered as vanilla or cedar notes... just oaky tannins. It goes down the gullet without leaving any positive distinctions or positive impression. The wine is young and perhaps the components have yet to meld into a cohesive wine. I'd have a hard time rating this above 86.
Smooth & Supple
This is a well made wine. Slightly tight on the nose and somewhat austere on the palate at first. Opens up with time to reveal characteristics of a well made and polished cab. That said, I found the wine somewhat lacking in body and length. Perhaps more cellar time would allow the wine to develop more depth. Not enough umph to justify the 50.00 plus per bottle.
Big & Bold
Sorry about the multiple entries for this wine. On the wine itself. This wine was a pleasant find. It opens well on the nose, with deep cassis and spice and a hint of mocha. The body has sumptuous dark fruit and is nicely wrapped in smooth grape skin tannins and subtle balanced oak tannins. The mouthfeel is plushly structured and smooth with a lingering finish. Not quite a reserve Cakebread, but equally enjoyable and an absolute steal for the price.