This Napa winery is a Cabernet focused operation that concentrates it's efforts on producing it's estate hillside Cabernet Sauvignon wines and in particular the Howell Mountain and Lone Canyon vineyard designate wines. The Napa Valley Cabernet is composed of 100% Napa fruit of which 96% is Cabernet Sauvignon and 4% is Petit Verdot. This wine is distinct from the Ladera vineyard designated Cabernets in that it is a blend of both estate vineyards, and it is a blend of Bordeaux varietals. Both of the Bordeaux varieties adds something different to the wine's complexity.
The wine starts out with aromas of ripe black raspberry, creamy oak, and milk chocolate notes. It's distinctly Napa in it's fruit forward approach with a good dose of toasted oak. The flavors display loads of sentious black raspberry, toasted oak, melted milk chocolate, and layers of creamy spiced oak. This wine is big and firm but has all the polish and silk you need as well as a long impressive finish. The nose could have benefited from a nice decanting because it was slightly closed down aromatically. 91-92 points
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