The nose here is suggestive, offering up dark notes of dark plums, licorice and dark chocolate, as well as fresh herbs, cedar and ash. The palate shows lovely tension with pretty acidity, grainy tannins and a taut line of acidity. A long, chewy finish.
This shows a polished, creamy feel from the start, with plum sauce and cassis flavors taking the lead, while cocoa, fruitcake and black licorice notes fill in through the finish. On the hefty side, but the fruit is very solid. Best from 2021 through 2028.
From a hillside block planted in 2008 at a 1,600-acre estate in the eastern hills of Napa Valley, these vines grow at an elevation of 1,100 feet. Craig Becker cold soaks the cabernet for five days before allowing it to warm up to a spontaneous fermentation, then he ages the wine for two years in French oak barrels, 70 percent new. This is a powerful wine with enough stamina and drive to carry its substantial extract. Black and blue in its berry flavors, it has the brightness of wild-grown fruit. The oak tannins offer chocolate richness and a smoked paprika edge of bitterness, adding spice to the generous well of fruit. Cellar worthy.