November 9, 2019 - Really a nice big nose consisting of licorice, red figs, peppercorns and loam. The tannins were in check, but it was initially a little acidic. Short but pleasant layers of cassis, bing cherries, mint, peppercorns and toast. Good mouthfeel, but I wished the finish was longer. This wine is not past it's prime, but drink what you have left in the next two years.
September 26, 2019 - Deep ruby red color with a nose consisting of smoke, blueberries, cherries, mint and pencil lead. Very nice layers of red figs, blackberries, black licorice and black peppercorns.
September 21, 2019 - Excellent juice. Crossfire, named for the Stevie Ray Vaughn song is still singing. Coffee been on the sniff and deep chocolate on the palate. Couldn’t resist breaking open some dark 85% cocoa To pair. Still has some life but don’t wait much longer.
May 10, 2019 - Still tasting strong at the end of its lifecycle. Nose is light to medium, but mouth is still very much full of fruit. Tastes of raisins, jam, fig. Tannic with a sweet light to medium finish.
August 23, 2017 - Surprisingly good. Just pulled it from the racks and did a PnP. Best wine of the week (so far). If scoring 92-94.
February 7, 2017 - A little too one dimensional for my taste. Despite 08 being a "ripe" year, the fruit source should have yielded better results. Would not buy again.
January 16, 2015 - One of my favorite wines, a consistent high performer showcasing the Beckstoffer fruit. Elegant tannins on the finish highlighting complex flavors of tart berry and currant.
August 30, 2014 - Very nice napa wine good value for Beckstoffer fruit, and I am a big fan. A little chewy, but great structure and flavor. Full flavor with a slightly tart finish but as my wife says, "it is very flavorful, I like it."
March 29, 2014 - Fr the first pour the wine was well balanced. No spike in tannins like I was expecting. Soft berries up front with a slightly tart finish.
Another fantastic example of Beckstoffer fruit.
February 22, 2014 - Opened and let it sit for a day. Sure, I sipped, but it was chewy and tight. 24 hours later it is wonderfully smooth and decadent. Light tannins, lots of dark berry and chocolate. A perfect drink for a relaxing Saturday night.