93 Points | International Wine Cellar , May/June 2011
(entirely cabernet sauvignon): Ruby-red. Brooding aromas of kirsch, cassis, minerals and dusty earth. Intensely flavored and juicy but not hard, with more successfully integrated acidity than the Crossfire. Precise, soil-driven flavors of dark fruits and bitter chocolate really carry on the finish, which features suave, mounting tannins and the structure for extended aging. These are the top-tier single-vineyard wines from the new California project of Jonathan Maltus, previously best known to American wine lovers as the force behind a collection of limited-production bottles from Saint-Emilion (Le Dome, Les Asteries, etc.).
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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Cabernet Sauvignon built its reputation on Bordeaux's Left Bank. Here, in the district of Medoc, the varietal is the key component of blended wines that also may include some Merlot and Cabernet Franc, and even Malbec and Petit Verdot. Moving slightly south, Cabernet Sauvignon meets Merlot in roughly equal proportions in the red wines of Graves. In both of these Bordeaux regions, the top bottles... Read More »
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