Coombsville Comes of Age
92 Porter Family 2010 Syrah (Napa Valley). A superb Syrah, and a great followup to the 2009. There are incredibly ripe blackberry jam, currant, chocolate and toast flavors, with notes of grilled bacon and black pepper. The tannins are so rich and fine, you can drink this wine now.
abv: 14.3% Price: $49
92 Rocca 2010 Collinetta Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (Coombsville). Coming on the heels of the extraordinary 2009 vintage, this is a worthy follow-up. It’s bone-dry, tannic and enormously complex, offering waves of blackberry, cola, cassis liqueur, new oak and spice flavors. It’s so good now that you may not want to cellar it, but try. It will begin to approach its peak after 2017. Cellar Selection.
abv: 14.9% Price: $85
91 Silverado 2010 Mt. George Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley). If ever there was a guaranteed cellar candidate out of Napa Valley, this Cab is it. It’s enormously rich and extracted in blackberries, currants, plums and mocha, but for all the fruity sweetness, it finishes firmly dry and tannic. Give it at least four more years in a good cellar. Cellar Selection.
abv: 14.4% Price: $56
90 Faust 2009 The Pact (Napa Valley). This 100% Cabernet is tannic, acidic, dry and fruity. It shows a classic cool-climate Napa structure, with blackberry, currant and barrel flavors that are simply not ready to drink now. A project of the well-known Napa vintner, Agustin Huneeus, it wants at least six years in the cellar, and possibly far longer. Cellar Selection.
abv: 14.1% Price: $75
90 Le Chanceux 2007 Belle Filles Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley). Give this 100% Cabernet some more time in the cellar. Even at six-plus years, its tannins are hard, although the primary blackberry fruit flavors are beginning to dry out and turn mushroomy. It should approach its peak around 2015. Cellar Selection.
abv: 14.2% Price: $65
90 Tournesol 2007 Proprietor’s Blend (Napa Valley). At more than six years, this Cabernet Sauvignon-based blend remains tannic and rich in black cherries and mocha. It’s in suspended animation, but hints of softness and emerging earthiness suggest that it’s in a transition from primary fruits to secondary bottle bouquet. Keep it for another 3–4 years. Cellar Selection.
abv: 14.4% Price: $125