Franco-American alliance Baron Philippe de Rothschild, owner of Château Mouton Rothschild, and Robert Mondavi yielded the first New World “cult” wine, Opus One, in 1978. More than three decades later, the winemaking is in the hands of one man, Michael Silacci, yet the Opus One 2007 Napa Valley Red Wine continues to exhibit the label’s […]
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Located in Mendoza, Argentina, Cheval des Andes is a joint venture between Terrazas de los Andes and Pierre Lurton of Bordeaux’s fabled Château Cheval Blanc. Crafted from Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon, this wine exudes flavors of mocha java, mint, and ultraripe cherry liqueur.
This fifth-growth estate in Pauillac, located across the road from Château Mouton Rothschild, should certainly be represented in any well-stocked cellar. The latest vintage contains 60 percent Cabernet Sauvignon and reveals rich raspberry, kirsch, and tobacco flavors atop layers of smoke.
Comprised of 62 percent Cabernet Sauvignon, 31 percent Merlot, and 7 percent Petit Verdot, this classic Médoc is aged in new barrels for 18 months to create a captivating profile dominated by black cherry, sweet crème de cassis, baked earth, and graphite. After a single sip of this red, it is difficult to imagine drinking […]
This terrific Cabernet Sauvignon–Syrah blend comes from Charles Smith, an impresario-turned-vintner who roughly a decade ago was managing rock bands in Scandinavia. It reveals chewy tannins and flavors of allspice, black licorice, bitter chocolate, and truffles.
Crafted from fruit grown on Santa Barbara County’s Piocho Ranch, this rich, multidimensional blend consists of 90 percent Cabernet Sauvignon, 5 percent Merlot, and 5 percent Cabernet Franc. The Cabernet Franc introduces a fantastic suavity to the flavor profile, which displays a complex medley of mulberry, black cherry, bright spicy oak, and currant rarely found […]
Owner Stuart Sloan debuted his label with the 2000 vintage, which was made with the assistance of a who’s who of consultants that included David Abreu and Michel Rolland. The result was well worth the investment, and Sloan has continued to attract ardent fans ever since. Today, revered Napa winemaker Martha McClellan crafts this outstanding […]
A fabulous effort from Tim Mondavi and family, this fine blend comes from a property perfectly situated high above the Napa Valley floor, near estates belonging to Colgin Cellars, David Arthur, and Ovid. The 2007 vintage is characterized by bold flavors of dark scorched earth, mocha java, black currant, and cedar.
Ann Colgin, who has been crafting breathtaking wines since 1992, describes her label’s style as “seductive, hedonistic, and memorable.” These descriptors could not be more accurate. The Colgin name on a bottle elicits the same kind of reaction from wine collectors that Picasso’s signature does from connoisseurs of art. This definitive Napa Meritage expresses flavors […]