The 2010 Napa Valley Merlot opens with generous aromas of cranberry, red plum, pomegranate and dark chocolate, with an enticing herbal note of eucalyptus. Juicy pomegranate remains consistent on the palate and is joined by subtle nuances of spice and black pepper, and a hint of sweet smoke from oak barrels add a welcomed complexity. The vibrant fruit and oak integration carries through to the finish, while the fine, dusty tannins softly structure this elegant wine.
"The 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon Oroppas brings together a gorgeous combination of silkiness and power. Mocha, espresso, plum and smoke inform a textured, expressive Cabernet long on personality. The 2011 emerges from a number of parcels, but most of the fruit is from Paras on Mt. Veeder. This is an especially luscious, inviting wine from St. Clement."
-Antonio Galloni, VINOUS, November 2013
This 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon gives a classic example of Napa Valley, combining valley floor terroir and mountain fruit power. An aromatic bouquet of sweet dark cherry, blackberry, plum and red berry is followed by an attractive clove spice. The bright and juicy palate intrigues with hints of mint and cocoa, and finishes with intense fruit and fine-grained tannins.
Well-structured and elegant, this Merlot opens with notes of red and black cherry, red plum and cranberry. On the palate, it delivers on its promise of ripe red fruit and subtle spice with long, fine tannins.
Issue #186 December 23, 2011
The 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Steinhauer comes across as ethereal at first, then gains volume and shape in the glass. Dark red fruit, minerals, mint, flowers, spices and anise are all woven together nicely. There is plenty of length, persistence and Howell Mountain character on the finish. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2029.
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