94(+?) Points | International Wine Cellar , May/June 2010
($285) Bright ruby. Ripe aromas of sweet plum and smoky tobacco. Very intensely flavored and juicy, with firm acidity and strong minerality giving grip to the smoky red fruit flavors. This, too, boasts terrific definition. Tightened up considerably in the glass, giving the same tightly coiled impression as the 2006 version. I suspect this brisk, structured wine will shortly shut down in the bottle.
92 Points | Wine Spectator
97 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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