94 Points Wine Enthusiast! From a vineyard in the western Rutherford benchlands adjacent to Francis Ford Coppola's Rubicon Estate, Meander is made by Amy Aiken. It's a sumptuous 2007, dominated by the cracked coffee bean flavors of oak and the impact of its tannic extract. But the texture, richness and glimmer of juicy red fruit in the finish predict what...
This is a sleeper wine from great vineyard sources that represents an excellent value for a mature Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon! From Meander "With each vintage we strive to capture the vineyards’ fruit expression in harmony and balance with supple tannins and lasting structure. Meander wines are powerful yet balanced, approachable yet complex, classic yet personal."
The bouquet is bright and beautifully expressive for a young Domprobst, wafting from the glass in a blend of pear, apple, violets, bee pollen, a lovely base of slate and gentle top note of wild yeasts. On the palate the wine is full and succulent with beautiful purity to the fruit, fine soil signature and a long, perfectly balanced and...
91 Points Vinous The San Andreas Fault is Hirsch Vineyards signature pinot noir and is crafted to represent the entirety of this multifaceted vineyard. The 2013 San Andreas Fault has fruit from 24 of Hirsch's 61 distinct farming blocks, more than any other wine made from the Hirsch Vineyard. It is the flagship wine from Hirsch, and the wine that represents the summation of...
The 2013 Chardonnay The Terraces emerges from a parcel of low yielding, sixty year old vines that were ripped out after the harvest and is therefore the last wine off this site until the vineyard enters production again. It is also the finest Chardonnay I have tasted off the property. Stark and intensely mineral, the 2013 offers up a compelling...
The compelling 2001 Syrah (200 cases) includes 4% Viognier in the blend, adding a touch of spunk and exuberance to the already impressive aromatics (blackberry liqueur, flowers, truffles, and a hint of bacon). Full-bodied, with great intensity and purity, this may be the finest Syrah the Araujo team has yet fashioned. Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 1998 Syrah Eisele Vineyard is a soft, supple-textured, opulent, civilized effort that can be drunk now as well as over the next 8-10 years. It is elegantly rendered, pure, and filled with blackberry/cassis fruit as well as a hint of honeysuckle provided by 8% Viognier in the blend. Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
98 Points! The flagship wines begin with the purple/black-colored 2005 Nicolas Catena Zapata, a blend of 78% Cabernet Sauvignon and 22% Malbec. The fruit was sourced from four of the estate’s finest high-elevation vineyards, and aged for 24 months in 100% new French oak. The brooding bouquet delivers pain grille, mineral, violet, scorched earth, pepper, espresso, black cherry, and black...
The 2011 Altagracia is round, sexy, supple and beautiful, especially within the context of the year. Sweet red berries, mint, tobacco, savory herbs and anise meld together in a distinctive wine long on personality. With time in the glass the wine fleshes out nicely, as the flavors become darker, richer and layered. Altagracia is a blend of mostly Eisele fruit,...
in Gift Box Notes of raspberry, spices and mint jump from the glass in a seductive combination. Plushly creamy in texture with a steely streak of acidity well-knit throughout and firming the lasting, spiced finish. A great brunch Champagne!
97 Points! The 2005 Malbec Adrianna Vineyard was also aged for 18 months in new French oak. Opaque purple/black, it is more expressive aromatically as well as more structured than the Nicasia cuvee. Opulent on the palate, it is dense and extracted with gobs of spicy black fruits and enough structure to unwind for another 6-8 years. Drink this lengthy...
97+ Points! The 2005 Malbec Argentino is a blend of the Nicasia and Adrianna Vineyards. As is often the case, the blend is better than either of the individual components. It offers greater complexity both aromatically and on the palate, opulence, great fruit expression, and superb aging potential. Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
95 Points Decanter! "Released for the first time in Spring 2021. A mellow but developed nose of blackberry, bramble, anise and cedar. The palate is round and succulent, with an impressively juicy, thirst-quenching quality and flavors of black currant, charcoal, allspice and caramel. A beautiful expression from a producer that was stylistically well-suited for the conditions of 2011."