(from a vineyard near the Merus winery, between St. Helena and Calistoga): Dark red-ruby. Tight, high-pitched aromas of cassis, blackberry, licorice, bitter chocolate and violet accented by peppery herbs; quite Old World in style. Then densely packed and a bit unrefined, with a distinct medicinal cast to the flavors of black fruits, licorice, tobacco and loam. Shows good rocky depth but betrays a slight youthful bitterness. The tannins started out a bit dusty and dry but showed more sweetness as the wine began to open in the glass. A very firm cabernet, bespeaking the elevated acidity of the vintage.
Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: May/June 2013
Wine Advocate | Rating: 94
Smoke, scorched earth, tar, new leather and black fruit are some of the many notes that take shape in the 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Mon Hommage. A deep, intense wine, the Mon Hommage is endowed with serious power wrapped around a core of focused, intense minerality. Crushed rocks and graphite are some of the nuances that add complexity on the finish. Today, the 2010 is totally closed in on itself, so readers will have to be a bit patient.