2009 Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley.
Though rainfall was little more than two-thirds of normal in 2009, the timing of it was on the vine's side. Couple that with the lack of frost and the mild, relatively cool growing season, and it turned out to be a stellar season for the vines and grapes.
This 125 case production Oakville Cabernet is outstanding. Soft, elegant and very approachable. This cab oozes luscious fruit and notes of toast, vanilla and mountain fauna. Just a wonderful drinking Cabernet! -Eric Carpenter, Sommelier
$60 per bottle.
2010 Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley.
The relatively cool growing season coupled with the unexpected heat spikes in late summer resulted in a late and shortened harvest with lower yields. That meant concentrated flavors that can be expected to mature into elegant, structured wines, almost European in style.
Cooler than average temperatures returned again in early September, but gave way to a welcome, warm and consistent Indian Summer, bringing good flavor and color development across the board.
I tasted this wine over a two day period to see how it would develop as the wine opened. This is certainly the BIG brother to the 2009 Vintage. BIG, ripe and opulent are my starting point for this wine. Loads of fruit. Ripe macerated cherries, cassis and blackberry grabbed my palate. A beautiful balance of fruit, acid and tannins are what I noticed. Hints of cocoa, violets and even a touch of graphite were floating through this complex and lovely wine. Wonderful mouth feel and weight to this serious Oakville Cabernet. -Eric Carpenter, Sommelier
$75 per bottle.
2011 Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley.
75% New French Oak / 25% Once Use French Oak Barrels. 94% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petite Verdot. Alc. By. Vol: 14.7%
100 Case Production (4 Barrels)
With a cooler season the Oakville Property showcased a great "Old-World" style of Cabernet with gritty tannins and austere acid structure. New French oak barrels rounded the tannins and time in barrel tempered the acidity with classic dark fruits of Oakville. The end results of extended barrel age is a poised Cabernet Sauvignon that reflects the soil heritage of this historic region and characteristics of rich voluptuous fruit.
$85 per bottle.
2011 Reserve Proprietors Blend, Napa Valley.
50% New French Oak / 50% Once Use French Oak Barrels. 63% Cabernet Sauvignon, 21% Merlot, 10% Malbec, and 6% Cabernet Franc. Alc. By. Vol: 14.5%
175 Case Production (7 Barrels)
The goal is to balance the Spring Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon with the Merlot, Malbec and Cabernet Franc from Oakville. Wine from two worlds. Mountain Top Cabernet and Valley Floor blending varietals. The structure and backbone from 40 year old Cabernet Sauvignon Vines and the equipoise of silk from the traditional Boudreaux varietals.
$75 per bottle.
2012 Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley.
75% New French Oak / 25% Once Use French Oak Barrels. 94% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petite Verdot. Alc. By. Vol: 14.8%
200 Case Production (8 Barrels)
"Classic" and "perfect" are just two accolades being bestowed upon the 2012 Napa Valley growing season and harvest. Textbook conditions saw near-ideal spring bud break, steady flowering, even fruit set, and a lengthy stretch of warm days and cool and often foggy nights during the long summer months. Late and light rains held off until Napa Valley's treasured wine grapes found optimal ripeness, bringing exceptional quality to the crush pad and into the cellar
“Intensely penetrating & seductive aromas of wild-berries, black fruits and cassis leap right out of the glass. Copious quantities of scrumptious blueberry, black plum, espresso and black-cherry are dense and concentrated across on the palate. The pure, fine grain tannins carry the wine effortlessly through the long voluptuous finish..."
$100 per bottle.