Bright ruby. Deeply pitched aromas of cassis, graphite and cocoa powder. Big, creamy and rich on entry, then quite dry and rather uncompromising in the middle, conveying a low-pH mouth feel. A rather spiky style of cabernet, less harmonious than it appeared to be from barrel a year ago. Today the somewhat tough tannins cut off the wine's fruit. Nile Zacherle describes this wine as |the big brother to the Meritaggio| and in fact I find both bottlings dry and tight in a similar way. Am I selling this wine short?
Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: May/June 2012
Wine Advocate | Rating: 94
The estate's 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Old Vine is totally impeccable. The older vines (planted in 1980) and the higher amount of Petit Verdot (9%) combine to give the Old Vine considerable textural depth and power. At the same time, the delicacy of these hillside vineyards comes through in spades. Raspberry jam, cloves, crushed rocks and menthol flesh out on the powerful, grippy finish. The 2009 needs a few years, but it is striking, even today. With time in the glass, the saline notes become even more apparent. Anticipated maturity: 2016-2024.