August 5, 2017 - I have not written much in the last 6 months as I have not had anything that seemed worth writing about. In fact I had moved away from wine and was trying different tequilas as it seemed like more of a summer drink. This wine, however, is worth writing about. I have enjoyed a 2005, 2008, and now 2010 sigaro by Fairchild. While this wine is only 7 years old, it reminds me of the old saying "good things come to those who wait." As opposed to all of the 2013s and 2014s that are being opened, this wine is starting to hit on all cylinders. There is no "young" fruit profile. This wine is integrated and has a long finish. While the nose is a little muted, this wine delivers on the palate. Milk chocolate and blueberry with a bit of tobacco. Everything is ripe and so silky smooth. This experience has motivated me to be patient and not touch most of my 2013s. Look, I am a huge fan of Mike Smith and Russel Bevan. While I have loved their wines early, I think a little time pays great dividends.
December 25, 2016 - Outstanding wine, big brash fruit upon open lush nose and body. Really well developed after an hour or so. Perfect Christmas Eve wine with steaks.
October 20, 2016 - Very nice full bodies wine
January 16, 2016 - 24 hour open.
August 12, 2015 - awesome wine.
June 14, 2015 - A VERY BIG wine. Absolutely wonderful. Full bodied.
February 15, 2015 - Awesome. Well balanced beauty from Phillippe Melka.
November 29, 2014 - Excellent structure. Too early though. Look forward to revisiting this wine in 10 years.
April 6, 2014 - 6 hour decant. This wine is drinking very nicely even at a young age. Lots of raspberry and cherry on the nose with hints of mint, tobacco, herbs, and licorice. Very complex and silky smooth finish.
September 17, 2013 - Its only almost true that change is the only constant. With the departure of Paul Hobbs, it is now Philippe Melka at the helm as head winemaker at Fairchild. While his input into the 2010 vintage was minor, one can detect a subtle shift from the ways of old guard. In light of this, the sheer brilliance of these wines is a constant that truly remains unchanged.
Dark raspberries resonate as the predominant fruit on the nose. This is accented by florals, dark chocolate shavings, and a trace of blue fruit. At first, there is an herbal element I've not encountered in other vintages, but after a few hours this component dissipated and the Sigaro minerality emerged in spades. More expansive in the mouth than in years past. A bit more power and slightly grippier tannins, but this vintage still echoes the exquisite balance, sophistication, and precision that I've come to expect. The expansive finish brings forth the dirt and minerals I love about this site. And along with this, is a lingering aftertaste of freshly picked mixed berries.
I've always viewed Sigaro as an older, ever so slightly understated nobleman. The 2010 Fairchild Sigaro Cabernet more closely resembles his eldest son. Still cut from the same cloth, however he's a bit more vivacious, cunning, and powerful. And unlike his father, he's not afraid to show it. As I allowed the wine to evolve over the evening, this son began to follow in the footsteps of those that came before him. In sum, this is a killer bottle of wine! Anyone who's followed Sigaro will be delighted to add this to his or her cellar, and those new to it will discover a new love. I am intrigued how Philippe Melka will carry Larry's vision to fruition. I am forever enchanted with the Fairchild wines.
I will buy my allocation without hesitation.