Red | Cabernet Sauvignon | United States | California | 750ml
Masses of pure Cabernet Sauvignon blackcurrant fruit coupled with toasty oak dominate the nose. Rich, concentrated and spicy, the palate of the wine is dense and juicy with great structure and a long finish. This is Napa Cabernet on a grand scale that will develop and improve in the bottle for 5 to 15 years. Providing the core of the Hommage is our Palisades Vineyard, located 2.5 miles northwest of the winery. Adding depth and color is Petit Verdot from the Home Ranch, at the winery on the valley floor in Calistoga, with deep and fertile sandy clay‐loam. A small amount of Cabernet Franc from new plantings in Carneros at Mitsuko’s Vineyard on Haire clay loam provides vibrancy.
The 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley is simply extraordinary. Layers of dark fruit, flowers, licorice, spices and mint are beautifully woven together. With time in the glass the wines striking inner perfume takes center stage. Tar, smoke, flowers, red berries and licorice are some of the nuances that reappear on the finish, while gorgeous aromatics are laced throughout. I could go on. Let me make it simple this is a flat-out great bottle of wine from Randy Dunn. Anticipated maturity 2018-2033.
Red | Cabernet Sauvignon | United States | Napa Valley | 750ml
"The 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon is composed of 84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Malbec, and 4% Petit Verdot. It offers beautifully sweet black and blue fruits (particularly cassis and blueberries) interwoven with hints of Chinese black tea, incense, charcoal, and forest flora. Full-bodied with silky tannins, a terrific texture, and a stunningly long finish, this impressive 2007 can be drunk now and over the next 20-25 years." Wine Advocate (94 Points)
"With raspingly dry, hard tannins, this is a difficult Cabernet to assess. It's impressively rich in blackberries and black currants, with a firm minerality, and the overall balance is good. Seems like it should develop over the next decade, maybe even longer, but those tannins might outlast the fruit."
Wine Enthusiast (93)
From the famed vineyard in Oakville comes this dramatic wine. It will benefit from a few years in the cellar to let the tannins mellow, although it's so good now, you can open it right away and give it a decant. Drinks sweet and lush in blackberries and black currants, with a rich overlay of smoky cedar. Best form 2012 through 2022.
Accessories | Cabernet Sauvignon | United States | Napa Valley | 750ml
Very tight, dense and backward, packing lots of fruit and tannins. The up-front flavors, built around dried currant, mineral, graphite, camphor and cedar, are slow to unfold, showing touches of loamy earth and tobacco on the finish. Best from 2013 through 2024.
Wine Spectator - 93
Offers a baseline rich earthiness to the dried currant, beefy herb and cedar flavors, ending with chewy tannins and notes of anise and cedar. Ends with drying tannins. Best from 2014 through 2024.
Wine Spectator - 90
Red | Cabernet Sauvignon | United States | 750ml
A profusion of aromas - crème de cassis, black cherry coulis, anise, violet, black olive, fresh herb and smoke - spill out of the glass and scent the room. Profoundly deep, complex flavors echo the aroma with firm, well-integrated tannins, vibrant acidity and a long, cocoa-mineral finish.
"Saturated red-ruby. Currant, graphite, wild herbs, cedar and sexy oak on the nose, lifted by a floral topnote. A broad and very elegant midweight (I would not have guessed that it was carrying 15.2% alcohol), with lively cassis and floral flavors burnished by mellow oak tones. Lovely fine-grained, long cabernet with excellent lift. Winemaker Janssens notes that Mondavi will have replanted half of their To Kalon vines over the 2005-2015 period, but they have kept their oldest sauvignon blanc vines, which date back to the 1940s."
International Wine Cellar (94)
"Pure, rich and layered, with tiers of blackberry, wild berry, black licorice and mocha flavors. Impressive for its suppleness, yet this has a firm backbone as well, flexing its tannins on the finish. Best from 2013 through 2023."
Wine Spectator (92)