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WEDDING VINEYARD, CABERNET SAUVIGNON

Sonoma County

VintageRatingPublication
201492 PointsAntonio Galloni, Vinous Media
Graphite, smoke, minerals, scorched earth and black-fleshed fruits give the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Wedding Vineyard much of its virile personality. A big mountain wine with serious intensity, the 2014 is going to require a good deal of patience.
 
201395 PointsAntonio Galloni, Vinous Media
The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Wedding Vineyard is a real knockout. Dark, powerful and somber in its personality, the 2013 presents intense black-fleshed fruit, graphite, smoke and licorice. There is more than enough depth to fill out the wine's ample, broad-shouldered frame. This powerful, virile mountain Cabernet is going to need a few years to fully come together, but it is impressive.
 
201393+ PointsRobert Parker's, Wine Advocate
Similar in style, but even denser purple, with slightly more structure and density, is the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Wedding Vineyard. This is a real winner, but needs a good 4-5 years of bottle age. It's impressively endowed, exhibiting loads of black fruits, spice and earth. It should drink well for 20-25 years.
 
201294 PointsRobert Parker's, Wine Advocate
Opaque purple, with blackberry liqueur, licorice, truffle and a touch of charcoal and camphor is the 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Wedding Vineyard. I believe this comes from a vineyard right in front of the winery, and is impressively concentrated, multilayered and full-bodied, with sweet tannin and a long, long finish. It's the richest and most complete of what is an impressive group of Cabernet Sauvignon wines. Drink this one over the next 12-15 years.
 
201294 PointsAntonio Galloni, Vinous Media
The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Wedding Vineyard brings together the best qualities of the year. Dark, seamless and voluptuous, the 2012 stands out for its total sense of balance and class. All the elements fall into place in this gracious, super-expressive Cabernet Sauvignon. The 100% new oak is totally integrated.
 
201191-93 PointsRobert Parker's, Wine Advocate
The 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon Wedding Vineyard is another striking 2011 from Fisher. Firm yet beautifully integrated tannins provide the backbone for this expressive, nuanced wine. Violets, white pepper, blackberries and melted road tar are all very much alive on the striking, nuanced finish. The 2011 is a wine of significant potential.
 
201094 PointsStephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar
Glass-staining ruby. A heady, complex bouquet of dark berry preserves, cherry-cola, vanilla and Indian spices, with a sexy floral overtone. Deeply pitched blackcurrant and cherry compote flavors stain the palate, with a smoky mineral note adding lift and back-end cut. Velvety tannins arrive late and add shape to a strikingly long, penetrating finish, which echoes the cherry and spice notes.
 
200993 PointsStephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar
Inky purple. Aromas of candied cherry, cassis, tobacco and licorice, with suave floral and mineral qualities gaining power with air. Fleshy and expansive, with a peppery, spicy quality lifting the sweet dark fruit preserve flavors. Dusty tannins arrive late and linger on the very long, sappy, penetrating finish. This wine's blend of depth, structure and sweetness bodes well for cellaring.
 
200993PointsRobert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Wedding Vineyard is a beautifully balanced wine. All of the elements come together gracefully in the glass. Plums, blackberries, mint, violet and spices are all woven together on the well-articulated finish. The integration of fruit, structure and oak is terrific. In 2009 the Wedding Vineyard Cabernet includes 22% Cabernet Franc. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2024.
 
200894 PointsRobert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon Wedding Vineyard is made from a very late-ripening site (the 2008 was picked in October) and includes some Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. It boasts considerable density and sheer muscle in its black fruit, tar, licorice and violets. Patience is going to be the key here. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2028.
 
200894 PointsStephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Opaque ruby. Explosive aromas of blackcurrant, cherry-vanilla, pipe tobacco, mocha, smoke and espresso. Youthfully brooding and powerful, with deep dark fruit compote flavors and exotic floral and spice nuances. For this wine's power there's excellent clarity and energy here. Finishes with broad, tooth-dusting tannins and superb length.
 
200793 PointsStephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Inky ruby. A potent, highly aromatic bouquet of red- and blackcurrant, cherry compote, licorice pastille, cola and smoky Indian spices. Impressively complex and densely packed, offering sweet dark berry and bitter cherry flavors and exotic notes of candied flowers and peppery spices. For all this wine's density it comes off as graceful and precise, finishing with lingering floral and dark fruit notes. Give it at least a decade in the cellar.
 
200690 PointsRobert Parker's Wine Advocate
Among Fisher's 2006 reds, the top wines include the 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon Wedding Vineyard, a blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon and 25% Cabernet Franc. Its opaque ruby/purple hue is accompanied by aromas of damp earth, black currants, blueberries, and spring flowers. Deep, medium to full-bodied, and moderately tannic, it reveals some austerity, but there is enough concentration to balance out the wine's structure. Give it 2-3 years of cellaring and consume it over the following 15-20.
 
200693 PointsStephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Vivid ruby. Cherry-cola, black olive, tobacco and cracked pepper on the nose; almost smells like a syrah. Fleshy dark berry flavors are given a serious mien by chewy licorice and sweet tobacco qualities, with firm tannins adding structure. The tannins gain strength on the finish, which leaves bitter cherry and licorice notes behind.
 
200592 PointsStephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Ruby-red. Musky aromas of currant, black raspberry, espresso, tobacco and dark chocolate. Supple and lush but with a restrained sweetness to the flavors of red and dark berries, minerals and dark chocolate. Ripe acidity gives this suave, nuanced wine plenty of verve. Finishes subtle and long, with a juicy minerality and a late hint of raspberry.
 
200591-93 PointsRobert Parker's Wine Advocate
Fisher's renowned Wedding Vineyard (a 9.3-acre parcel situated directly in front of their home) has been replanted, and the first offering since that occurred is the 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon Wedding Vineyard. This has always been a top-notch site, and the 2005 is terrific. Its deep ruby/purple color precedes a bouquet of licorice, blueberries, blackberries, crushed rocks, and acacia flowers. An elegant entry on the palate is followed by a medium to full-bodied wine with abundant fruit, a beautiful texture, and a symmetrical mouthfeel and finish. It will provide immense enjoyment during its first 10-15 years of life.
 
200291-94 PointsRobert Parker's Wine Advocate
A year of great ripeness is obvious with the 2002 Cabernet Sauvignon Wedding Vineyard. Boasting tremendous extract, richness, and intensity, it offers hints of blackberries, blueberries, cassis, and minerals in its sweet personality along with a big, full-bodied finish. Anticipated maturity: 2007-2020.
 
200191-93 PointsStephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar (May/June 2003)
Saturated deep ruby. Black fruits, violet and spices on the nose; more exotic than the Lamb example. Fat and dense on entry, then considerably less sweet in the middle than the Lamb, with an impression of lower alcohol. Offers a lush, creamy texture for this bottling, but comes across as youthfully unevolved.
 
200193 PointsRobert Parker's Wine Advocate (Published 6-30-11)
The 2001 Cabernet Sauvignon Wedding Vineyard (a south-facing vineyard planted on a steep slope adjacent to the winery on the backside of the Mayacamas Mountains in Sonoma County) exhibits a gorgeous perfume of scorched earth, charcoal, creme de cassis, sweet cherries, spice box and earth. Sweet tannin, an opulent texture and a long, rich finish make for another strikingly superb 2001 that is approaching full maturity. Given its density and overall balance, it has at least 15 years of life ahead of it.
 
200191 PointsRobert Parker's Wine Advocate
The brilliant 2001 Cabernet Sauvignon Wedding Vineyard shows what good phenolic maturity and an easier vintage can produce. Notes of graphite, melted asphalt, black currants, blueberries, and white flowers jump from the glass of this medium to full-bodied, tannic, classically proportioned Cabernet Sauvignon. This beauty should age impeccably. Anticipated maturity: 2008-2018.
 
199993 PointsRobert Parker's Wine Advocate
There are no reservations about the 1999 Cabernet Sauvignon Wedding Vineyard (430 cases). It boasts an opaque purple color along with gorgeous aromas of graphite, sweet barbecue smoke, earth, licorice, creme de cassis, and a hint of prunes. It is dense, full-bodied, and layered, with considerable power and tannin as well as exceptional extract, richness, and balance. It will be its finest between 2005-2020.
 
199799 PointsRobert Parker's Wine Advocate
The potentially perfect, opaque purple-colored 1997 Cabernet Sauvignon Wedding Vineyard (400 cases of 100% Cabernet Sauvignon) is made from 27-year-old vines, and is aged in 100% new French Taransaud barrels. This prodigious Cabernet Sauvignon has only gotten better since my tasting last year. The finest Cabernet I have tasted from Fisher, it represents a California interpretation of La Mission Haut-Brion.

The wine offers sweet, tobacco-infused, scorched earth, blackberry, and blueberry notes, with a liquid minerality. The aromatics are matched by the immense, concentrated, seamless, staggeringly rich, powerful palate. This wine will benefit from 4-5 years of cellaring, and keep for 35-40 years. A modern-day California legend, it is one of the most profound California Cabernet Sauvignons ever made on the Sonoma side of California's North Coast viticultural region. Anticipated maturity: 2005-2040.
 
199695 PointsRobert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 1996 Cabernet Sauvignon Wedding Vineyard (produced from one-fourth ton of fruit per acre) continues to remind me of a hypothetical La Mission-Haut-Brion made from California's ripe fruit. The roasted tobacco, cedar, scorched earth and creosote nuances are present, in addition to copious blackberry, blueberry, and cassis flavors. This is a terrific, full-flavored, highly-extracted wine with plenty of tannin. However, the tannin is sweet and well-integrated, as is the wine's lusty alcohol (14.1%). This is a profound example of Cabernet Sauvignon that should be accessible in 4-5 years, and last for 25-30.
 
199592 PointsRobert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 1995 Cabernet Sauvignon Wedding Vineyard is a massive, full-bodied, black/purple-colored wine with gobs of fruit, as well as high tannin. It offers up mineral, black cherry, spicy, and charcoal-like notes in the nose and flavors. Extremely dense and powerful, yet needing 4-5 years of cellaring, this wine may evolve for two decades or more. Anticipated maturity: 2003-2025.
 
199492 PointsRobert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 1994 Cabernet Sauvignon Wedding Vineyard (500 cases) displays a knock-out Graves-like nose of sweet, medium to full-bodied, rich, concentrated flavors, good acidity, high tannin, and profound concentration and length. It comes across like a race horse ready to burst from the starting gate. This wine needs 4-5 years of cellaring, and should keep for two or more decades. The Wedding Vineyard cuvee is the flagship Cabernet of the Fisher winery. Made from a vineyard planted in 1974, this wine possesses a striking aromatic profile consisting of cedar, cigar smoke, tobacco, and minerals. In that sense, it resembles California's version of Bordeaux's famed Chateau Haut-Brion or Chateau La Mission-Haut-Brion. This wine can also test the patience of readers, as it is rarely accessible when released, but it does possess 20-30 years of aging potential.
 
199393 PointsRobert Parker's Wine Advocate
Proprietor Fred Fisher produces 600 cases of a Wedding Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, which is extremely chocolatey and concentrated. The 1993 Cabernet Sauvignon Wedding Vineyard is a rich, authoritatively flavored, gorgeously pure, intense wine with plenty of smoky, toasty oak married to ripe, super-intense fruit. This full-bodied, tannic, large-scaled Cabernet Sauvignon should drink well upon its release next year and last for 20 years. It was interesting to see how crisp, restrained, and less concentrated Fisher's 1994s were when compared to the extremely rich and successful 1993s.
 
199295 PointsRobert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 1992 Cabernet Sauvignon Wedding Vineyard (to be released September 1) is an awesome example of California Cabernet. It is opulent as well as tannic, with huge, chocolatey, roasted herb, cassis aromas, magnificent flavor concentration, a big, graceful richness on the palate, and stunningly focused components that coat the palate with viscous flavors and superlative purity of character. This is a staggering Cabernet for drinking over the next 20+ years.
 
199193 PointsRobert Parker's Wine Advocate
The two current Cabernet Sauvignon releases, the Coach Insignia and the Wedding Vineyard, are both exceptional wines. They are among the finest of the outstanding 1991 vintage. The 1991 Cabernet Sauvignon Wedding Vineyard is more backward than the Coach Insignia, as well as strikingly rich and unequivocally superb. There are only 100 six-bottle cases of this Sonoma Cabernet. The wine exhibits a black/purple color, and a tight but promising nose of cassis, underbrush, vanillin, and chocolate-covered black-raspberries. Full-bodied, with superb definition, structure, and tannin, this wine possesses immense concentration and a wonderfully natural mouthfeel. It should open up with 2-4 more years of cellaring and keep for at least 20 years.

Fisher Vineyards, perched high in the mountains not far from the Sonoma/Napa county line, is making a bevy of profound wines that merit considerable interest. The rise in quality, complexity, and potential of Fisher's wines is one of the bright shining stories in recent California wine history. Proprietor Fred Fisher deserves considerable praise for moving his wines away from the tart, lean, highly acidified and processed, oenologically correct style, to wines bursting with personality, flavor, and high quality.