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THE VINEYARD HOUSE CABERNET SAUVIGNON, NAPA VALLEY 2010
This limited-production, aged wine incorporates 8% Merlot, sourcing grapes from several vineyards across the Napa Valley. Blueberry pie and sweet tobacco rise to the fore around an elegantly crafted structure, while soft, firm tannins provide just enough grip to stay juicy and compelling on the palate. It finishes with notes of chocolate, caramel and baking spice.
NVWE Notes: This is a full-scale yet beautifully dinner-balanced Cabernet with a great future and plenty of currant appeal. The nose is a youthfully dense melange of black cherry, sour red cherry, red currant jam and violet, with supporting notes of baking-spice, vanilla, peppercorn, rose, orange zest and dried sage. It is considerably more forthcoming on the palate, where it shows surprising elegance, and it’s layering of bottled red cherry, red plum, currant, rose, star anise, baking-spice and star anise creates a sweet-natured and lingering veneer over firming tannins and rich undercurrents of dark minerality. It is likely to improve for five more years and beyond. 830 cases made.