Tasting 5 Red Wines at Premier Cru. The vineyard is near Heitz Marthas, and is the winery's first bottling and my second time tasting it this week. it had a rich, ripe sweet but not forward cabernet sauvignon nose with a hint of mint, concentrated in the mouth with berry fruit that featured hints of stems and mint, the finish showed enough tannins and acid among the cabernet flavors to go seven years, Should be near elegant at worst and elegant at best for the patient-kissing cousin to Dunn. My #2 cabernet.
If you like old cab, you'll love this. I should start by saying this will not wow the way an 87 Dunn Napa would. Its become very light, however it is beautifully balanced. The fruit was still there, though it did take 10 minutes to open up and started shutting down after an hour or so. On the other hand the hints of leather and tobacco, a touch of herbal and the tannin structure were all there in harmony. I'd drink what you have in the next 2 years or so, but what a great experience. So much less oaky than the mid-to-late 90s renditions of Oakford.
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