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 Vintage2001 Label 1 of 30 
ProducerWhitehall Lane (web)
VarietyCabernet Sauvignon
SubRegionNapa Valley
AppellationNapa Valley
UPC Code(s)011628314998

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2005 and 2011 (based on 56 user opinions)
Wine Market Journal quarterly auction price: See Whitehall Lane Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley on the Wine Market Journal.

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 91 pts. and median of 91 pts. in 257 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by walkerjfw on 4/4/2015 & rated 91 points: Pre Easter. Last bottle from this lot. Consistent with prior notes -

"Medium ruby color, mild bricking at the edges. Dark cherry, plums, chocolate, sweet oak, cedar...sweetness on the mid palate...Medium to long finish."

Great example of a mid/low priced cab from the terrific 01 vintage - wine in a good place right now. Would drink over next few years (534 views)
 Tasted by walkerjfw on 3/27/2015 & rated 92 points: At home with pizza, hanging out with Val and Krista. Drank after a Kistler Vine Hill Chard (09)

Splash decanted, drank over 3 hours. Medium ruby color, mild bricking at the edges. Dark cherry, plums, chocolate, sweet oak, cedar. Consistent with prior notes, there is a sweetness on the back mid palate from the tannins. Medium to long finish.

Better than last bottle, benefited from the air. Aged nicely, right in its zone (556 views)
 Tasted by gejohnston on 12/25/2014 & rated 92 points: Outstanding... This was perfectly balanced and a delight to drink. (928 views)
 Tasted by Thomas B on 11/16/2014 & rated 90 points: Still drinking well, tannins integrated and still plenty of fruit. A little light on the finish. Dark fruit, briar, and plum. (1040 views)
 Tasted by indiscriminate palate on 11/7/2014 & rated 92 points: Quite good. Cherry and darker fruit, bit vegetal and minty on the nose. Soft tannin, sweet oak, cedar, red and black fruit on the palate. Big, plush, and yummy. Drink now. Alongside the 2002 which had a similar profile but was a step down from the 2001. (1100 views)
 Tasted by MoreWinePlease on 11/2/2014 & rated 93 points: Excellent bottle...deep ruby red w/slight edge bricking leading to an enticing nose of Cabernet,cherries and blackfruits. Big lush/soft mid palate of well integrated fruit, tannins and oak...echoing in a long ripe cherry/plum finish, backed by ripe and subtly sweet tannins. Quite nice, probably at peak but not on the down side. (864 views)
 Tasted by Ugajustin on 10/25/2014 & rated 96 points: Awesome (863 views)
 Tasted by craigi on 3/5/2014 & rated 93 points: Really liked this wine. Lots of cherry and dark fruit both on the nose and in the finish. Great ruby color. Nicely balanced. Thanks for the great bottle, Mark! (1619 views)
 Tasted by Knicksfan on 2/22/2014 & rated 93 points: Still great. (1270 views)
 Tasted by fhmesq on 2/22/2014 & rated 91 points: Still holding strong, great color and nice mix of dark fruits and dark chocolate. Nice long finish. A lot of time left. (1343 views)
 Tasted by JonAllen on 1/24/2014 & rated 92 points: saw my last note, this bottle was very different - by that i mean very good, strong red fruit coming through but hi toned and acid to balance and some gentle spice elements alongside to make it interesting, tannins were 90% gone so feels like drink it now for sure (based on this bottle), had at SHP Cioppino Dinner and the whole team loved it… kudos to Sally for calling the wine (1461 views)
 Tasted by Bloms on 1/6/2014 & rated 92 points: - Crimsom color. (1463 views)
 Tasted by risaacs on 12/11/2013: This was in perfect shape and not showing age at all, can go much longer. 375 screw cap. (803 views)
 Tasted by Time for Wine on 8/15/2013 & rated 90 points: From a 375ml with screwtop... very nice. smooth, tannins fully resolved, nice amount of fruit still left. Drink the remaining mag over the next year or two. (1536 views)
 Tasted by wine4ever on 7/17/2013 & rated 93 points: Best of my two bottles. The cork was in bad shape and crumbled when opened. Decanted thru unbleached cheese cloth and rested for about an hour. Excellent in many ways....easily at it's peak. Fresh and fruity but secondary characteristics to add interest. Great on it's own or with food. Drink now -2015. (1498 views)
 Tasted by Bloms on 7/15/2013 & rated 93 points: Opened bottle for an hour. Decanted right before serving. Minimal sediment. Still showing good fruit. Silky mouthfeel. Continued to improve over 3 hours. (1414 views)
 Tasted by ajweststeyn on 5/19/2013 & rated 93 points: Outstanding bottle - likely at its peak. Last one - really enjoyed it! (1794 views)
 Tasted by skibum819 on 5/17/2013 & rated 92 points: An absolutely wonderful older Cali Cab. Supple and elegant. Ripe black current and cassis, soft integrated tannins and a 30+ second finish made drinking this a joy. However I believe it's at it's peak and will start it's gradual eventual decline as we speak. (1576 views)
 Tasted by Hbgsurgeon on 5/9/2013 & rated 91 points: Impressive mature fruits. A very nice Cab from 2001. Drinking well out of a 375 screw cap. I think I'll open the last few 750's soon. (1070 views)
 Tasted by erslack on 1/21/2013 & rated 91 points: definitely not past its prime. drinking very well. (1550 views)
 Tasted by MoreWinePlease on 1/9/2013 & rated 92 points: 2001 is proving to be a very fine vintage. See, jerwin1943 and others for their takes on this wine. It has shown very well and gave much satisfaction. Everything is well integrated leading to a nice finish. Black & red fruits big in the mid palate. At peak, so enjoy and/or share the good news w/friends and family. After 1 hr. there's a nice note of Dickensen Black Raspberry jam, along with it's spicy characteristics, both in the nose and the mid palate. (1584 views)
 Tasted by walkerjfw on 1/4/2013 & rated 89 points: Last bottle was several years back, been sitting on this to see how it aged. Medium ruby color. Wine opened up sufficiently after about 20 minutes. Red fruits, cherry, chocolate. Tannins fully resolved. Not your classic cab. Sweeter and lighter. (578 views)
 Tasted by RR47 on 12/3/2012 & rated 90 points: This has touches of amber, but still a good red color. A little less fruit of the nose, more cedar and some Cab Franc showing? Soft, silky approach, good mid and a little more acid on the finish than I remember. But overall pretty well balanced with a medium length finish. (1587 views)
 Tasted by jerwin1943 on 11/14/2012 & rated 93 points: I bought a few of these on release and most were consumed prior to joining CT in 2009 so I don't have a tasting history on it. With 2 bottles remaining, I decided to pop it mid week to see if it had anything left.
I was not expecting the treasure that greeted me. I decanted it for 30 minutes before serving and from the get-go it was stunning. My tasting impressions closely match the well done note of La Cave D'Argent on 5/11/2012 so I will dispense with the replay.
I plan to hold on to my last bottle of this until 2015 for a retrospective with my 7 other 2001 Cabs. (2111 views)
 Tasted by tfharris on 10/8/2012 & rated 92 points: Impressive. This wine is still drinking nicely! (1944 views)
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Professional 'Channels'
By Stephen Tanzer
Vinous, January/Feburary 2005, IWC Issue #118
(Whitehall Lane Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley) Subscribe to see review text.
By Richard Jennings
RJonWine.com (5/28/2004)
(Whitehall Lane Cabernet Sauvignon) Nice berry nose; tasty, berry, mulberry and oak palate; medium finish  88 points
NOTE: Scores and reviews are the property of Vinous and RJonWine.com. (manage subscription channels)

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