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93 Points, Wine & Sprits
The 2016 Burgess Cabernet from Wine Spectator’s 98 point vintage is irresistible and a perfect example of what Howell Mountain fruit is supposed to be all about. It’s dark and crunchy, with a super graceful texture. The fruit is deep, dark and austere. And while this is enjoyable now – this final vintage in a five-year drought cycle brought us naturally thinned vineyards that produced wines worthy of the long haul. So my advice is to buy six and bury them in the cellar.
100 Pts, Lisa Perotti-Brown (Wine Independent) – 98 Pts, James Suckling – 98 Pts, Parker’s Wine Advocate
“Deep garnet-purple colored, the nose slowly unfurls to unveil beguiling floral notes of candied violets and rose oil over a core of creme de cassis, blackberry pie, and plum preserves, giving way to notions of licorice, Indian spices, iron ore, and crushed rocks. Full-bodied, the palate is jam-packed with taut, muscular black fruit layers, intertwined with gorgeous floral and exotic spice accents, and framed by firm, finely grained tannins with seamless freshness, finishing long and mineral-laced. Tightly coiled with so much latent energy waiting to explode, this is a spectacular expression of the vintage and Napanook vineyard. Still tightly coiled, give it a good 6-7 years in the cellar before broaching, and allow it a few hours in a decanter if consumed before 2032.”
96 Points, Parker’s Wine Advocate – 96 Points, Vinous – 96 Points,
“The 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon is sublime. Bright and savory, with tons of energy, the 2019 captures all the personality of this tiny vineyard on Diamond Mountain. Dried rose petal, lavender, red plum, graphite and crushed rocks add layers of nuance to this mid-weight, classically built Cabernet from Dyer. In a word; superb.”
Winemaker Kian Tavakoli (Opus One, Clos du Val) continues to excel even while others struggle. In 2017, he still managed to deliver a beautiful and opulent Napa Valley Cabernet that’s both dark and juicy. The wine hails from both Coombsville and Rutherford, giving it distinct characteristics and a lot of drive. Deep ruby to the rim with excellent concentration, notes of Bing cherries, raspberry pie and hints of vanilla. On the palate, big wonderfully jammy fruit with young but impressive tannins and great length. The finish leaves notes of black cherry, and baked blueberry pie. Fantastic Napa value.
The 2016 vintage in Napa was nearly perfect for winemaker Kian Tavakoli (Opus One, Clos du Val). With ideal weather all throughout harvest, he crafted the Faustini Money Road Chardonnay off the famous vineyard located in the coveted Oakville AVA. The picturesque vineyard off Oakville Crossroad is platinum rated, known for its ideal combination of soil & climate and the big A list names that routinely source fruit. Kian’s Money Road Chard is still youthful despite having a few years of age, probably as a result of its 18 months of slumber in 1/4 new Oak.
Robert Foley’s Shelter Cabernet Sauvignon is our most popular Cabernet and finally returns after a few year hiatus. Dark purple on the rim, with aromas of black fruits, smoked meats, baking spice and a touch of sweet oak. It’s a big, round full-bodied wine with a nice acid backbone and a long, smooth finish. You can definitely drink these now (at this point, they’re seven years old) but there’s still a life ahead of them so tuck several away for a few more years.
97 Points, Vinous – 96 Points, Jeb Dunnuck
Ric’s 2019 Cab from the outrageously good vintage in Napa is in my mind nearly perfect. It’s an incredible feat. It’s attached to two super high scores, but that’s not surprising given that Ric is a winemaking legend and has been called, “Napa’s first superstar winemaker.” Antonio Galloni of Vinous gave it a 97 and said the wine “possesses remarkable textural intensity”. Dunnuck chipped in with a 96 and predicted the wine, “should continue drinking brilliantly for another two decades”. Pure class.
96 Points, Jeb Dunnuck
This ‘Fortunate Son’ bottling is a product of two vineyard sites – with one of them being a Hundred Acre estate vineyard, and the other being a family-owned vineyard right next to Jayson’s that was planted to 85- to 90-year-old vines. That’s not too shabby at all! This one has yet to be reviewed by the masses but if Jeb Dunnuck’s early account is any indication, this one will be highly decorated and maybe even threaten perfection from some. It’s that good. Jeb came in at 96 while proclaiming his love for the wine’s balance and noting its “gorgeous tannins and a great finish”.
WS #4 Wine of the Year (2019), 96 Points, Wine Spectator
2016 was an incredibly special year in Napa Valley. It was essentially the 5th straight vintage of near perfect-conditions and a lot of the big boys produced some of their biggest, most elegant Cabernets to date. Groth’s was still one of the standouts in any group, a deeply concentrated, weighty Cab with sappy, juicy fruit and a carefully intertwined tannic structure. Absolutely gorgeous.
Even though we’re ahead of the scores, I have no doubt that what I secured for us today will join the long list of high-scoring whites for Groth – this really has it all. Made in 100% neutral oak, the aromatics completely shine here as soon as you open the bottle. Fresh lemon, citrus peel and nectarine on the nose with bright acidity, impeccable balance and a lingering aftertaste that makes you want to come back to the glass.
96 Points, James Suckling – 96 Points, Decanter
This is a truly historic and special bottling. The first of its kind in 47 years! Lost C-91 from the 2017 vintage is indeed monumental in stature – having already received a 96 from James Suckling, one of the few reviewers lucky to have tasted it. I found it immensely complex with exciting nuances of what this will become in the future. In addition to all the decadent dark fruit are underlying elements of Italian herbs, cured meats, and even black pepper. An amazing collector’s item with a whole lot of life left.
95 Points, James Suckling
I have Pahlmeyer’s one true secret weapon—a gorgeous, modestly priced Napa Valley red with 15-20 years of aging, which bears their trusty founder’s name. The 2019 Pahlmeyer ‘Jayson’ is THE ringer. It’s a 95-point powerhouse that Jeb Dunnuck called “another great value” as well as “medium to full-bodied with an elegant profile.” Suckling called it “focused and well-crafted.” I’m calling it flat-out delicious and a bottle that tastes far closer to $100 than the special price we have here today.