Wow! The aromas to this are really exceptional, with a tangerine edge to the blackcurrants, graphite, lead pencil, flowers and wet earth. It changes all the time. So expressive and refined. Full-bodied with great intensity and depth of fruit. The ultra-fine tannins display millions of layers. The texture on the palate is superb and lasts for minutes. This is the new 1974 George de Latour, which was a legend. Real Napa Valley red here. Drinkable now, to understand it, but truly great in five to six years and onwards. Benchmark.
James Suckling, jamessuckling.com (May 2022)
Enticing aromas of black cherry, blueberry, black liquorice, coffee and dried herbs with cedar freshness. Broad and expansive palate with the same flavours as the nose, combining with a rich vein of minerals, dried rose petals, tobacco, refreshing acidity and mouthcoating tannins. From winemaker Trevor Durling.
Drink 2022 - 2040
Jonathan Cristaldi, Decanter.com (Jun 2022)
Spiced herbs, tobacco, cinammon, crushed cloves and blackberry fruits, archetypal Napa Cab. Can be drunk now or put away. A balanced and generous vintage, with more volume than over the past few years. This is an important wine within the history of Napa, seen as the region's first cult Cabernet and longtime home of winemaker André Tchelistcheff - one of the aims of being on the Place is to increase the global recognition of that fact. Owned by Treasury Wine Estates, winemaker Tevor Durling. Tasted twice
Drink 2024 - 2038
Jane Anson, janeanson.com (Jun 2022)
About this WINE
The most famous red wine grape in the world and one of the most widely planted.
It is adaptable to a wide range of soils, although it performs particularly well on well-drained, low-fertile soils. It has small, dusty, black-blue berries with thick skins that produce deeply coloured, full-bodied wines with notable tannins. Its spiritual home is the Médoc and Graves regions of Bordeaux where it thrives on the well-drained gravel-rich soils producing tannic wines with piercing blackcurrant fruits that develop complex cedarwood and cigar box nuances when fully mature.
The grape is widely planted in California where Cabernet Sauvignon based wines are distinguished by their rich mixture of cassis, mint, eucalyptus and vanilla oak. It is planted across Australia and with particular success in Coonawarra where it is suited to the famed Terra Rossa soil. In Italy barrique aged Cabernet Sauvignon is a key component in Super Tuscans such as Tignanello and Sassicaia, either on its own or as part of a blend with Sangiovese.