One of our favorite wineries in Napa is the Palladian (2003 vintage was labeled Olivia Brion). This elegant Cabernet Sauvignon was produced on the verdant St. Helena estate of Sandra and David Jones. Together with winemaker David Mahaffey, they have dedicated themselves to making high quality Bordeaux style wine. The Palladian temple (depicted on the front label) which overlooks the vineyard, came originally from England. It serves as a reminder of the importance of balance, harmony, and structure in winemaking as well as in life, priced at a fraction of the cost of their neighbors.
It is polished and refined. Tightly wound at first, it gains depth and richness as it opens. The bright nose of cherry and black currants is encircled by a hint of cigar-box cedar. Some of the delicate floral notes of violets from the Cabernet Franc influence. The palate is all cassis and kirsch with a little cocoa powder. The tannins are silky. It finishes long, clean; a classical balanced structure.