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Wine Enthusiast: 93 Points
2006 is easily a contender with 2010 for the best vintage of Brunello over the last 30+ years. While the 2010s can benefit from some additional years of cellaring, this one is just starting to hit its stride and can be opened now or in 20+ years (if you have the restraint). Sharply defined aromas of spice, chiseled mineral, dried tobacco and cassis open the bouquet of this dark, concentrated wine. There's a floral note of spicy potpourri and cinnamon stick, tight tannins and bright acidity.
Wine Advocate: 95 Points
The fourth release from Carlo Ferrini's relatively new project in Brunelloville. Plenty of dried fruit with figs and mushroom undertones. Full body, silky tannins and a ripe fruit, lemon rind and spice aftertaste. Condenses down to a refined and beautiful finish.
Inky colored with smoked black fruits, crushed rock, iodine, and peppery herb aromas and flavors. I have always loved the bold flavors that come out of Santa Maria Valley, and producers like Paul Lato perfectly capture this. This producer is very difficult to come by overall and should not be passed up whenever you can find bottles.
Wine Advocate: 95+ Points
Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Mercury Head opens with gorgeous crushed black currants, blackberries and warm plums with suggestions of lavender, camphor, dark chocolate and pencil lead with a waft of smoked meats. Full-bodied, firmly structured and densely packed, it fills the mouth with vibrant, multilayered black fruits and savory notions, finishing long and perfumed.
Wine Advocate: 99 Points
This is the wine that made me want to start this Atlas Cellar List. I’ve tasted 3 vintages of this wine, and would easily put them up against the world-class Oakville Cabernet producers such as Cardinale, Groth, Far Niente, Silver Oak, Mondavi. Turnbull consistently turns out some of my favorite Cabernet in all of Napa Valley and I am surprised that we still have 2 bottles of this 99 Point wine in stock.
Black garnet color. Mature aromas of stewed black fruit, dried figs, stable, and fine leather with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dryish full body and a warming, nuanced, long balsamic reduction on overripe strawberry, chicken fat, roasted vegetables, lavender, allspice, and and anise finish with well-integrated, chewy tannins and heavy oak flavor. An elegant and brawny Cabernet that will satisfy the needs of any excellent steak dinner.
One of my favorite wineries in Napa and a serious contender for best overall producer of Cabernet in the Valley with their super high-end Abacus. Large publication reviews for this 2015 vintage have not started coming in yet (though Robert Whitley did just give it 100 Points) I would have to say from my tasting that it is an exceptional vintage of an already exceptional wine. This wine is showing wonderfully now but will also age beautifully with cellaring.
James Suckling: 97 Points
My favorite of all Napa Bordeaux style Red Blends. Aromas of spearmint, sweet tobacco, cigars and blackcurrants follow through to a medium to full body, very polished and refined tannins and an intense finish. Extremely fine and long. Savory. Extremely long finish. Biodynamically grown.
Wine Advocate: 93 Points
The flagship at Merryvale is their Profile, and the 2012 Proprietary Red Blend Profile carries a blend of 78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Malbec, 10% Petit Verdot and 1% Cabernet Franc. Beautiful blueberry, white flowers, black and red currants, as well as some incense and camphor jump from the glass of this stunningly proportioned, complex wine. I think of it as a gracious and somewhat restrained, but authoritative Napa Red Wine. It should drink well for 12-15+ years.
Wine Advocate: 98 Points
First produced from the 1974 vintage, 2013 Insignia marks the 40th vintage of our flagship Napa Valley wine. Deeply pigmented, the 2013 Insignia opens with heady blackberry and plum aromatics laced with baking spices, cardamom and espresso. Focused and fresh, this exceptionally concentrated wine showcases elegant tannin structure and a silky mouthfeel layered with dark fruit, sweet vanilla bean, cracked black pepper and bittersweet chocolate.
There is a reason Keenan is one of Robert Parker’s favorite wineries in Napa. They produce some of the best Cabernets every year, and have the advantage of creating unique flavor profiles with their elevated location up on Spring Mountain. If you want to branch out from the typical Napa Valley-floor Cabernets, Keenan is easily one of my top suggestions.
Heitz has been one of the most influential wineries of Napa since 1961. It’s hard to find single vineyard / single varietal Cabernets in the valley that are at this level without paying twice as much. 2013 vintage cabs of this quality will be showing the exceptional conditions of the vintage as they hit peak over the next 10-20 years.
At 95 Points and earning Wine Spectator’s #1 Wine of the Year, there’s really no reason to pass this bottle up when/if the situation arises. Since the inaugural vintage in 1978, Duckhorn has crafted their vineyard-designate “Three Palms” (one of California’s first single-vineyard Merlots) as a consistent benchmark for New World Merlot, and this one got everyone’s attention.
Gap’s Crown is one of the most extensively and carefully planned vineyards in the Sonoma Coast region, which has allowed them to make some of the most iconic Pinots in the area. With no shortage of stellar write-ups, this would be a great addition to a well rounded cellar selection.
On Wine Enthusiast’s 95 Points Cellar Selection, To Kalon is one of the most iconic Cabernet vineyards in the world. Having the ’13 and ’14 vintages of this wine would be a great way to start a solid core of vertical vintages, of which, adding the 2015 and 2016 would definitely show some of the best four consecutive years for the appellation.
2014: 2 Available: $330
2015: 9 Available: $330
2016: 3 Available: $369
The weather in Napa has been nearly perfect for producing this specific blend over the last 5 years, and the 5 vintages from 2012 to 2016 have shown this by receiving the highest ratings over the last 20+ years. Rating 98 (2014), 97 (2015), and 98 (2016), these are 3 vintages that would make for one of the most iconic vertical collections in any wine cellar.
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