Aromas of raspberry, cherry, blueberry, watermelon jolly ranchers, strawberry, cherry cola, and vanilla cream pie are apparent in this wine. Then the subtle oak aromas of vanilla, anise, cinnamon and clove appear. This wine has luscious tannins and a rounded structure followed by more cherry, blueberry jam, black currants, and chocolate mint flavors.
Complex aromas of bittersweet chocolate, black currant and roasted chestnut greet the nose. The palate features flavors of roasted coffee, blackberry jam and dark chocolate. Aging in 100 percent new French oak for nineteen months gives the wine notes of caramelized vanilla, clove and cinnamon.
Aromas of blueberry jam, black berry, cherry cola, pepper, cedar, and allspice. The limiting soils from which this fruit came from, gives the wine intense tannin and structure, yet a rich and concentrated depth in the palate.
The 2004 growing season started off with an early budbreak, and was quite warm throughout. It was an early harvest with moderate temperatures and no rain, and the vintage will be known for ripe, concentrated wines.
Aromas of blackberry and black currant along with Red Delicious apple and hints of sage greet the nose. This wine is full-bodied and rich with mature tannins and a graham cracker, finish with lingering flavors of dark chocolate, black pepper, and cloves.
This powerful Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon has wonderful red fruit aromas in the glass. It starts with some strawberry, cherry, raspberry, cherry cola, and black berry aromas. There is some underlying vanilla, clove, anise, and coffee notes as well.
The Progeny Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon is full-bodied with well developed tannin structure. Aromas of black currants and blackberries, along with cedar and leather, enhance the rich flavors of blackberries, currants and hint of black plums on the finish. The basalt soils of this mountainous vineyard are expressed in the underlying gravelly stone character of the wine.
Signature aromas of strawberry, cherry blossom, red cherry, cola and vanilla introduce this powerful wine. The palate features flavors of black cherry, dark chocolate, smoky oak and a spicy complexity. The classic Howell Mountain tannin structure leads to a long, elegant finish.
Proprietors Jack and Lily Oliver have collaborated with viticulturist David Abreu to ensure that their fruit and their vineyard is absolute perfection; and it is. Consistent weather and rocky, well-drained soils make this a sweet spot for Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon.
The 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Progeny Vineyard, from a vineyard on Mt. Veeder, emerges from the glass with layers of floral-infused fruit. This is a beautiful, expressive Cabernet backed up by plenty of underlying mountain structure. A deep, intense finish rounds things out beautifully. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2021.
The 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Star Vineyard flows across the palate with layers of dark, seamless fruit. It is a soft, textured wine graced with soft, supple tannins and a silky personality. Tar, smoke and licorice add considerable complexity and nuance on the finish.
Anticipated maturity: 2012-2018.
The 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Armstrong Ranch is a deep, powerful wine. Firm yet well-integrated tannins frame a core of expressive dark red fruit, mineral, mint, licorice and tar. The Armstrong Ranch is one of the bigger, more structured wines in this lineup.
During the 2008 growing season, winter rainfall was below average, and several frost days in May lead to reduced yields at Star Vineyard. Summer temperatures were average except for the last two weeks of August when we experienced several days of 100F. This wine opens with aromas of blackberry, raspberry, cherry cola and milk chocolate.
A mild summer weather pattern in 2002 allowed the grapes to hang longer on the vine, producing rich, ripe fruit flavors that produce wines of notable complexity. All of the fruit for this Cabernet Sauvignon comes from the esteemed Howell Mountain appellation, hailing from the Steinhauer Vineyard.
The 2005 harvest was an exceptionally long one due to a mild summer and cool temperatures in early September. Hillside Cabernet Sauvignon vineyards on Diamond and Howell Mountain, as well as Mount Veeder, contributed to the blend along with fruit from Rutherford and St. Helena.
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.
Enticing aromas of blueberry jam, cherry, raspberry, chocolate, clove and a floral back note are the introduction to this elegantly lush wine, as ripe flavors of black cherry, raspberry compote greet the palate.
The 2007 season began with a dry winter, this trend continued throughout the growing season, and we received about 60 percent of normal precipitation overall. Overall the season produced wines with great color, good extraction, and wonderful fruit intensity.
Elegant intensity characterized the 2008 vintage in Napa Valley. Another in a series of drought years, bud break occurred at the usual time but dry weather coupled with a long frost period limited the size of the crop, particularly in some of the mountain regions.
The 2009 Oroppas is rich and refined, opening with classic aromas of dark cherry and cassis that lead to subtle, savory notes of thyme and sage, and sweet brown spices. The palate displays distinct flavors of black cherry, cedar and mocha, which are enhanced by refined tannins.
Armstrong Ranch sits high atop Diamond Mountain, just west of Calistoga. The vineyard blocks are planted on an extreme hillside with an elevation range of 850 to 1,200 feet. The thin, volcanic soils are laden with obsidian (volcanic glass) and very limiting; each vine produces only 2 tons per acre