The 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon bursts from the glass with juicy red berries, flowers, spices and new leather. Round and totally expressive, the 2010 boasts gorgeous richness and depth. Even though the firm 2010 tannins are present, this is one of the juicier, flashier wines of the year. As such, it should drink well with minimum cellaring. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2025.
Dark red berries, flowers, anise, graphite and spices are some of the nuances that flow from the 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon. Despite the initial radiance and sweetness of the fruit, there is plenty of underling structure and sheer power here. This is another fabulous effort from Chris Phelps. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2024.
The 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon is a beautiful, understated wine graced with expressive red berries, flowers, spices and licorice. There is lovely purity and finesse to be found in this generous, inviting wine. The firm 2008 tannin that marks so many wines in this vintage is nowhere to be found. I suppose there is no substitute for working many of the best vineyards in Napa Valley. This is a terrific showing. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2018.
2007 Ad VivumThe dark ruby-colored 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon offers sweet aromas of cherries, black currants andhints of spice and oak in the background. This medium-bodied Cabernet offers a graceful display of red and black fruits, excellent depth and moderate tannin. It should hit its peak in 2-3 years and last for 10-12.
2008 Ad VivumTaut, firm and focused, showing a mix of mineral, dried currant, herb and cedar flavors. This is full-bodied, turning supple midpalate, and ending with complex notes. Best to cellar. Best from 2012 through 2021.
2007 Ad VivumSupple, fleshy, elegant and stylish, showing a layered mix of plum, black cherry and cranberry, with touches of spice and tobacco. Full bodied and complex, gaining body and depth on the finish, where the flavors unfold to reveal touches of herb and mineral. Drink now through 2017.