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MOUNTAIN ESTATE, CABERNET SAUVIGNON

Sonoma County

VintageRatingPublication
201493 PointsAntonio Galloni, Vinous Media
The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Mountain Estate Vineyard is gorgeous. Dark, powerful and inviting, but with plenty of Sonoma structure underpinning the wine's structure. Black cherry, mocha, plum and spice are front and center. Bold, intense and racy, the 2014 exudes concentration and richness from the very first taste. This is a superb wine, especially at this level.
 
201394 PointsAntonio Galloni, Vinous Media
The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Mountain Estate Vineyard is powerful, wild and savory, with super-expressive aromatics, beams of tannin and superb balance. The 2013 is finely cut and light on its feet, with lovely nuance. Sweet red cherry, rose petal and wild flowers grace the exquisite finish.
 
201392+ PointsRobert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Mountain Estate Vineyard is tightly knit, but rich, impressive and well-endowed with plenty of black fruits, cedar wood, and hints of barrique and earth. It is full-bodied and will probably benefit from several years of bottle age, and can be consumed over the following 15-20 years.
 
201291+ PointsRobert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Mountain Estate Vineyard shows slightly bluer fruits and touches of graphite and dark raspberries in a medium to full-bodied, zestier, refreshing and crisp style. It should drink nicely for 12-15 years.
 
201293 PointsAntonio Galloni, Vinous Media
Game, smoke, tobacco, leather and incense take shape in the 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Mountain Estate Vineyard. A deep, dense wine, the 2012 possesses considerable mid-palate depth and concentration. Pine, mint, lavender and cedar inform the firm, super-expressive finish.
 
201192 PointsAntonio Galloni, Vinous Media
The 2011 Mountain Estate Vineyard is dark, juicy and expressive, especially within the context of the year. Dark cherry, plum, smoke, tobacco, spices and earthy notes meld together in the glass. The 2011 is pliant and wonderfully open today. It is an excellent choice for drinking over the next decade or so. These hillside vineyards on the family's Spring Mountain property seem to have handled the challenges of the vintage better than the vineyards in Napa Valley, perhaps because of the higher elevation and warmer microclimate relative to sites on the valley floor.
 
201191 PointsStephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Opaque ruby. Potent aromas of black and blue fruit preserves and incense, with a floral nuance adding complexity. Sappy cassis and mulberry flavors are brightened by tangy acidity, with a jolt of peppery spices gaining intensity with air. Sweet and gently tannic on the penetrating finish, with the floral note echoing.
 
201093 PointsRobert Parker's Wine Advocate
Fisher's 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Mountain Estate Vineyard is a bit bigger and richer than the Wedding, with a little less in the way of structure. A big, boisterous wine, the 2010 is literally bursting with fruit. Blueberries, blackberries, savory herbs, tobacco, smoke and licorice all flow through to the inviting, caressing finish. There is considerable early and medium-term appeal in this rich, fruit-driven Cabernet-based red. In 2010, the blend is 86% Cabernet Sauvignon and 7% Malbec, with dollops of Cabernet Franc and Merlot.
 
200993+ PointsRobert Parker's Wine Advocate
Firm tannins provide the backbone in the 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Mountain Estate Vineyard. Layered dark blue/purplish fruit, sweet herbs, tobacco, incense and tar come to life in a powerful, structured Cabernet Sauvignon from Fisher's Sonoma County estate. The 2009 boasts implosive fruit, equally vibrant minerality and fabulous overall balance. I can't wait to see how it ages.
 
200992 PointsStephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Opaque violet. Intense cherry and blackcurrant aromas are complicated by smoky herb, tobacco and mineral nuances. Broad and pliant, offering open-knit dark berry preserve flavors are given bite by a gentle peppery quality. Sweet and velvety on the finish, leaving cherry and licorice notes behind.
 
200894 PointsStephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Opaque ruby. Explosively perfumed bouquet of cherry-vanilla, blackberry, mocha and cola, along with a powerful incense note. Broad, creamy and penetrating on the palate, offering sweet dark fruit preserve flavors enlivened by smoky, spicy nuances. Clings impressively on the finish, which echoes the mocha and dark berry notes. Very substantial wine but I get no sense of undue weight. There's 7% merlot in this year's blend.
 
200792 PointsStephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Deep, bright ruby. Smoky red- and blackcurrant aromas are complicated by cured tobacco, licorice and dried rose. Sappy dark fruit flavors are given lift and spine by a smoky mineral quality and show an interesting Indian spice quality on the back half. A touch of vanilla adds sweetness to the long, juicy, focused finish. This is pretty seductive now but I'd resist opening mine for at least another five years.
 
200692 PointsStephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Bright ruby. Intensely perfumed bouquet of smoky red and dark berries lifted by a sexy floral quality. Mineral-driven raspberry and blackcurrant flavors are underscored by tobacco and graphite elements and supported by a spine of zesty minerals. The smoky note defines the long, gently sweet finish. Lots going on here already, but give it some age.
 
200690 PointsRobert Parker's Wine Advocate
From a 1,400 foot elevation site, the 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon Mountain Estate Vineyard offers sweet red and black currant notes interwoven with hints of truffles, damp earth, forest floor, lead pencil shavings, and flowers. It possesses excellent ripeness for a 2006, a dense, medium to full-bodied palate, and moderate tannins. This wine should drink well for 15 years.
 
200591+ PointsStephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Bright ruby-red. Musky black raspberry and chocolatey oak dominate the nose. Dry but rich, with somewhat musclebound flavors of currant, tobacco and underbrush. Dense but tightly wound, with the oak element currently holding the upper hand over fruit. This should show more nuance and sweetness with a few years of bottle aging.