Winemaker Philippe Melka's Tasting Notes
"This wine is showing lots of youth and vibrancy right now. The nose opens with notes of cherry, cacao, cranberries, pomegranate and subtle hints of Lilac. The attack is soft with explosives flavors of ripe wild berries. The mid pallet is voluptuous and juicy, showing smooth, well integrated tannins and a lengthy finish."
93 Points & "Cellar Selection" - Wine Enthusiast
"This is a tight, dry, tannic wine, showing all the hallmarks of ageabiity. Winemaker Philippe Melka has done a good job of blending fruit from Yountville, Atlas Peak and St. Helena to produce a seamlessly integrated Cabernet. The mouthfeel is soft, yet with fierce tannins that frame superb blackberry, cocoa, herb, mineral and cedar flavors. This continues a string of successful Cabernets that have been modestly priced, by Napa standards. Hold until 2018, at the very least."
90 Points - Connoisseur's Guide to California Wine
"Ever so slightly toned down in ripeness when compared to its pricier mate above, this bottling shows a similar sense of herbal complexity to its deftly oaked, deeply fruited, olive-tinged nose. Its ample, but less-than-massive flavors do, in fact, run parallel to its aromas, and, if a bit roughed up by its complement of youthful tannins, it shows great stamina and length and holds on to its layered complexities."