2011 - Silver Medal - HLSR Rodeo Uncorked! 2015 International Wine Competition
Class Name: Cabernet Sauvignon ($60 and more)
2011 - 85 Points, Decantor Magazine
Voluptuous blackcurrant nose: classic Napa Cabernet. Meaty, fleshy and powerful with a sinewy charm, but lacking intensity of structure. Drink 2015- 2022. (2/15) - Recommended
2010 - 91 Points, Wine Spectator
Exhibits a rich berry pie flavor, firming midpalate and ending with a rustic, full-bodied finish, with grainy tannins. Drink now through 2024. 2,270 cases made. –JL
2010 - 93 Points, Wine Enthusiasts - Cellar Selection
So broadly delicious now, it hardly seems worthwhile to age this wine, but don’t let it fool you. The blackberries, currants, dark chocolate, minerals and oak will only transform into something seamlessly complex with 8–10 years in the cellar. The winery’s Reserve bottling has established itself as one of the most consistently fine, ageable Cabs in Napa Valley. — S.H. (12/1/2013)
2010 - 91 Points, Wine Advocate
Composed of 92% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Malbec and 4% Petit Verdot, the 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve ratchets up the quality level displaying more wood and tannin. Medium to full-bodied with lots of black fruit and spice characteristics, this pure, rich, classic Napa Cabernet can be drunk now and over the next 10-15 years. WA # , #209 (Oct 2013) Drink 2013 - 2028 Robert Parker
2010 - 91 Points, Decantor Magazine
Intriguing nose of rhubarb and tobacco that is a touch restrained. Rich, plump and concentrated palate of dense black fruits and considerable power and spice. A velvety texture with a solid backbone and a bold finish. (2/14)
2010 - Highly Recommended, Restaurant Wine
“The Reserve is luscious and complex in style; a rich, full bodied Cabernet with fine depth and length. It is well balanced, and very persistent on the finish, tasting of cassis, vanilla, plum, blackberry jam, toast and spicy oak. Can be aged.”
2009 - 91 Points, Wine Spectator
"Supple and graceful up front, with elegant black cherry, red candy, red and black licorice, and subtle earth shades that firm nicely on the finish. Drink now through 2023. 2,004 cases made." –JL (11/15/12)
2009 - 92 Points, Wine Enthusiast - Cellar Selection
"Very opulent and jammy in blackberry, cherry and mocha flavors, this has a strong oak presence in the form of caramelized wood. It defines Napa richness, but it is too tannic and immature to properly enjoy now. Give it a snooze for 6-8 years.”–Steve Heimoff (12/31/12)
2008 - 89 Points, Wine Spectator
Tight, with a firm mix of dried currant, dark berry, mineral, cedar and pencil lead. Full-bodied, very Bordeaux-like in its weight and balance, most interesting on the finish, where the flavors expand and gain tannic traction. Drink now through 2019. 2,280 cases made. –JL (2011)
2008 - 88 Points, Wine Enthusiast
The tannins on this Cabernet, which contains 5% Merlot, are tough and gritty. The blackberry, currant and smoky oak flavors are just fine. The question with such an awkward texture in youth is if the wine will resolve with age. In this case, probably not, so drink up. — S.H. (11/1/2011)
2008 - Decantor Magazine
Full bouquet of black fruit, liquorice, tar, tobacco, white pepper and coffee bean. Broad, sumptuous and opulent with structure and lift. It is linear in style and has good acidity and firm but not hard tannins. Good concentration. Drink 2012-2017. Alc: 14.3%. (16.5 points)
2008 - Restaurant Wine
“Full bodied and full flavored, the Reserve is fleshy and long on the palate, tasting of spicy oak, black currant, blackberry, tobacco, cherry, and pepper. Excellent.” Restaurant Wine, July 2012
2007- 92 Points, Wine Enthusiast
"Made in the modern style of extreme ripeness, softness and deliciousness. Really captivates for its wealth of cherry and raspberry jam, ripe blackberry tart and oak-inspired vanilla and butterscotch flavors. Hard to predict where it's going due to the softness, but it's sure tasty now."
2007- 92 Points, Wine Spectator
"A wonderful mix of spicy wild berry, black currant, sage and mineral flavors. Full-bodied and slow to unfold, but expansive, gaining depth and richness on the finish, with a grainy, minerally aftertaste."
2006- 87 Points, Wine Spectator
Smooth, rich and elegant, this red is focused on currant, black cherry and wild berry fruit that's shaded by smoky, toasty oak. Clamps down on the finish. Best from 2010 through 2015. 2,300 cases made. –JL
Intense and rustic, with a range of dried berry, herb, sage and dusty berry. Tight and concentrated, with the flavors fanning out nicely on the finish. (Web Only – 2007) Score range: 89-91
2006- Silver Medal San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition.
2005- Reviews from Wine Enthusiast, Connoisseur's Guide, and Wine News.
2004 - 92 Points, Wine Advocate
The 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve Silver Anniversary exhibits a murky, foreboding, dense purple color along with gorgeously broad, expansive, sweet black currant, plum, licorice and fig characteristics. Round, full-bodied and opulent, this pedal-to-the-metal, classic, All-American Cabernet Sauvignon does not pretend to be Euro-oriented. Drink it over the next 6-10 years. WA # , #212 (Apr 2014) Drink 2014 - 2024 Robert Parker)
2004 - Napa Valley Silver Anniversary. Reviews from Wine Spectator and Decanter Magazine's World Wine Awards.
2003 - Decantor Magazine
Toast, nutmeg and cinnamon spice. Rich, dark berry fruit, fresh attack, rounded tannins. Intense dark fruits, extra long finish. Drink 2009-12.
2003 - The 2003 Reserve Cabernet is the first wine in North America to be distinguished with a revolutionary glass closure.