This One Was Awesome
by Rob Van Bergen
Took a little while for it to open up in the glass, as we poured it right out of the bottle. At first it didn't show that well, but then after a little while, the wine really opened up. Had all the complexity and silken mouth feel of a $150+ bottle, with hints of cinnamon and even a little caramel after a few sips. Just a powerhouse...would love to know which vineyard produced the juice...I'm guessing it was Rudd. Great bargain for the way it drank. Going to see Chad at V12 this fall...don't love the celeb vineyard (Jimmy Vassar), but with Chad there, I'm way more excited.
Rob Van Bergen
What a nice wine! A bit less body than I expected. Delicious today, and don't expect the rest will last long enough to age!
A bit of a letdown
Expected considerably more from this wine and found aspects of this "reserve" lacking. I've had Pinots with better color, and the wine lacks appreciable fruit. Nose is fine, black cherry, licorice, red currants, pencil shaving cedar, and pleasant vanilla scents. Wine is obviously young, oak and grape tannins block any fruit unless decanter for about two hours wherein the tannins become much softer and what little fruit comes to the surface. Perhaps a few years might help, but I'm not convince the fruit will hold out. A decent, average Napa wine but a disappointing Oakville "reserve" experience. Would not buy again.
Good not great
Drinkable wine but a little disappointing given the selling notes. Alcohol level seems to overwhelm this wine. A little time in the cellar might help. The WA price seems appropriate but I would have been unhappy at 2X the cost.
Based on the story behind this wine I was ready for an extraordinary wine. It is still young and will no doubt improve with time in the bottle but....it was not the big, rich wine that I expect from an Oakville Reserve Cab.
color me a bit disappointed
If this is a $125 to $225 bottle of wine and I paid that for it, I'd probably be taking it back to the winery. Its fine for the price, but definitely not any where near matching the hype. I'm leaving it alone for now and fingers are crossed that it improves with age.
Too hot for now
Has potential for the future but the 15.5% alcohol level overwhelms it at this time.
Didn't live up to expectation
I compared to the Chad's 2011 vintage.
Nose and fruit are light. The 2011 is not a reserve and is better by far and cost less.
Altho my expectation for this vintage, with all the hype, were high, I have other 2012s which are
robust and priced correctly. I will let the remaining rest before I open another. At this point I just
feel it is overrated and one can do better for the price.
What a tease the sales note were..
Put this next to a Silver Oak or a Groth from this year, and it won't be close. This is a lean vanilla fruit bomb with Oregon Pinot Noir color (e.g. without the Syrah from California Pinot's added). Silver Oak is known for having pretty accessible wines early, I think the bottling was lots from the vintage that were intended to be blended with beefier lots.
Overall, very disappointing and I felt (like others who reviewed the wine) somewhat deceived by staff on this one.
This wine is not as advertised............
I can read a newspaper through this wine. At least it tastes better than it looks, but my wife described it as a good table wine, not a serious Oakville Reserve C/S.
by Carmenere Lover
I guess its not a bad wine. But I expect something completely different when I see Oakville and Reserve on the same bottle. This light bodied, fruit bomb, Cabernet is not what I look for when I want that classic textbook Oakville profile. The wine gets a three because I guess its well made. But I'm giving it a 2 star score because I feel Wine Access over hyped this one. Too much ambiguous reading between the lines. To much sales pitch here.