90 Points | International Wine Cellar , May/June 2008
($75; 100% cabernet sauvignon, from a 1998 planting on the highest part of the Neyers' ranch in Conn Valley) Saturated ruby. Liqueur-like aromas of black cherry, mocha and violet; this smells creamy! Then fat and superripe but with a rocky character giving verve to the black fruit flavors. There's a slightly porty aspect here and yet the wine does not come off as overly sweet. Finishes with building tannins.
90 Points | Wine Spectator
91-93 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
About Napa Valley
Napa Valley is the most famous wine-growing area in the U.S. It begins at the base of Mount St. Helena in the north and tapers off some 30 miles to the south into the floodplain where the Napa River enters San Francisco Bay. From Mount St. Helena to the city of Napa, the valley is defined by two north-south ridgelines of the Coast Range Mountains.
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