Tannic and dry, this juvenile Cab needs time to come around. It's quite good, with a firm structure and earthy flavors of black currants, plums and sage, and a touch of bitterness. Hold until after 2010.
A near-textbook expression of well-ripened, Napa Valley Cabernet fruit, this nicely extracted, clearly defined wine keys on cassis with sweet, slightly toasty oak in subtle support. It hints at suppleness even while showing a trim of astringency, and its slight edge of puckery tannin will prove little worry if it is allowed to rest for a few years.