Red Blend Napa Magnum
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This brilliant Cabernet Sauvignon-dominated wine comes from a hillside vineyard in the Oakville corridor, just a stone’s throw from Harlan Estate. Normally this wine tends to be about 70% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Cabernet Franc and Merlot. The vineyard is overseen by David Abreu, and this, their second vintage, was made by Mark Aubert. This is obviously a great site. The purity of the blueberry and cassis fruit exhibited, as well as a floral note combined with licorice and graphite, are all hallmarks of this opaque purple wine. It also has notes of pen ink and a full-bodied, lavishly fruity mouthfeel. Beautifully integrated acidity, tannin, alcohol and wood are present. Proprietor Tom Futo has created a justifiable buzz for the high quality of his wines. Drink this one over the next 20-25 years. Robert Parker 97
(15.6% alcohol; 80% cabernet sauvignon and 20% merlot) Good medium ruby. Hugely ripe aromas of sappy black raspberry, black cherry, mocha and smoke, with a whiff of maple syrup. Lush, sweet and seductive; a wine of outstanding fullness if not quite the complexity of the 2006, which has the advantage of some cabernet franc. The tannins are remarkably lush, broad and sweet. This was aged in 100% new Taransaud barriques, vs. 90% for the '05.
-- Stephen Tanzer 93
Smooth, rich and generous, showing plush, supple, deeply concentrated currant, blackberry and wild berry flavors, with savory herb, cedary oak, mineral and pebble notes. Impressive for its combination focus, depth, purity of flavor and finesse. Drink now through 2014. 500 cases made.–JL Wine Spectator 96