- Relic Artefact Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 Product #28442 (In Stock)
The last wine Mike Hirby releases from each vintage, and the most impressive Artefact Cabernet to date. The wine’s backbone is fruit from the tiny (3 acre) Corona Vineyard in the hills just west of Oakville. Mike describes the site as “a moonscape, with tiny shale pebbles going who-knows how deep.” The poor soils and small berries here give a wine of fantastic intensity and power. You’ll find deep aromas of crushed blackberry, black currant, dark chocolate, and sweet spices and flavors to match. There’s plenty of structure to support the lush fruit, and while you probably should hold this for 3-5 years, it’s hard to resist right now with a rare steak!
“78% cabernet sauvignon, 14% cabernet franc and 8% malbec): Aromas of cassis, briary blackberry and bitter chocolate, lifted by a violet topnote. Large-scaled, chewy, mountain-style wine (it's from the Corona vineyard at the top of the Oakville Grade), with a medicinal quality to its flavors of black cherry, blackberry and licorice. This youthfully musclebound cabernet finishes with substantial tannins and very good energy. Serve it with a rare steak now or, better yet, hold it for five years for more complexity. These small, thick-skinned berries ripen late, notes winemaker Mike Hirby.”International Wine Cellar 92(+?) points
- Mayacamas Vineyards Cabernet Napa 2010 Product #30516 (In Stock)
A great release from this legendary Napa estate perched high atop Mount Veeder. After 44 years, including the 1971’s appearance in the famous Judgement of Paris tasting in 1976, this is owner/winemaker Bob Travers’ final vintage as former Screaming Eagle winemaker Andy Erickson takes over. If you’ve ever wondered what the greatest Napa Cabernets of the 1960s and 1970s tasted like young, the answer is “this.” From dry-farmed vineyards at the top of Mount Veeder, picked early at high acidity and low sugar (just 13.25% abv), and aged 2 years in larger barrels, 1 year in barrique, and 1 year more in bottle, this is the essence of elegance. Fun to taste now, but really wants 5 years more in cellar and will last a long, long, time.
"Graphite, smoke, licorice, game, savory herbs and a host of inky blue/blackish stone fruits make an appearance in the 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon. Beautifully layered and intense, the 2010 offers a compelling interplay of finesse and power. Still, my sense is that the 2010 is holding back much of its potential. Readers need to be patient, but the 2010 is shaping up to be a gem." Vinous (Galloni) 95+ points
- Roy Estate Proprietary Red 2010 Product #28944 (In Stock)
Shirley Roy never meant to make two wines from her 20 or so acre estate in a crook of Napa’s Soda Canyon. But, winemaker Philippe Melka felt the vineyard spoke with two voices – one aristocratic and intense, the other softer, more plush and mellow. Prop Red is the second of those voices, a blend of 71% Cabernet Sauvignon with 26% Merlot and 3% Petit Verdot. After dropping half her crop in 2010, Shirley was rewarded with this ripe and welcoming red that’s already delicious and sure to improve for years. A bit of a cross between the black-fruited 2008 and the finer, more detailed, 2009.
“Roy’s 2010 Proprietary Red has a little more delineation and nuance than the 2009. Freshly cut flowers, violets, super ripe dark fruit, mocha, espresso, chocolate, plums, cassis and black currants all jump from the glass in this opulent full-bodied huge wine. Layers of fruit continue to build to the creamy, expressive finish. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2025.” Antonio Galloni, Wine Advocate 92 points
“Bright medium ruby. Aromas of blueberry, coffee, mocha, truffle and chocolate show a slightly porty quality. Fat, smooth and lush in the mouth, offering immediate accessibility. The truffley element carries through on the palate. This nicely rich, layered blend finishes with dusty tannins and good length.”International Wine Cellar 90 points