(100% estate-grown cabernet sauvignon, from a 1999 planting) Medium ruby. Black plum and currant aromas lifted by pepper and tobacco leaf. Supple and juicy, with a creamy middle and moderate depth of flavor. Finishes fresh, with slightly dry tannins.
Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: May/June 2009
Wine Spectator | Rating: 92
An understated style that wows you with finesse, offering complex aromas of herb, loam, currant, cedar, black olive and sage. Full-bodied, supple, elegant and delicate.
14.5% alcohol Following the extraordinary 2005 debut vintage from Greg and Carol Lindstrom's 4-acre Nicali Vineyard that captured my top rating for a Cabernet Sauvignon last year, the new release is a solid follow-up. Aroma: licorice, blackberry, currant and subtly smoked cherry Palate: smooth and firm through the middle with nicely formed texture, the finish is ripe berry, black cherry and chocolate Impression: If fortunate enough to be on the mailing list for this highly allocated wine, consider yourself lucky. There is very little that ever makes it in to retail. It seems to hold a bit more in reserve right now and will benefit from 3 - 5 years in the cellar.
Self | Rating: 95
Explosive nose of dark fruit that explodes from the glass, beautifully balance full mouth feel with dark fruit backed by cedar flavors, long smooth finish. Beautiful wine.