Very fresh on the nose with an early touch of light mocha cream, some smoke, fines herbs with a nice minty top note over bright black fruits. On entry this shows bright acids and feels remarkably transparent, bathing the tongue with bright, tart, blackberry fruit that  has just a little medicinal edge. The finish is nice, rich and soft with excellent length and lovely cherry fruit on the finale. This just feels lovely in the mouth—what a great texture. 93pts
 
 
A little earthy, a little leafy and mineral-accented gorgeous blackcurrant fruit greets the nose capped with hints of mocha and lightly roasted coffee. This is tight, lean, and focused on the palate delivering pure, rich, ripe yet totally transparent fruit supported by wonderfully ripe tannins that poke through just a hint on the finish, showing a slight little stern and dry note before it ends with beautiful cut red plum fruit and subtle soil tones on the finale. 92pts
 
 
Very fine nose with lovely herbal and savory aromas accenting the sweet baking spice nose that is slightly cool and compressed. There is lovely balance on the palate, with real richness of ripe fruit, and no baby fat which the 2007 still retains. The feeling here is cool and pretty Cabernet fruit, bringing along that suggestion of herbaceousness from the nose, as it yields to a ripe fruit-driven finish. Needs a bit of time but this has everything in the right place. 92pts
 
 
Really profound blackberry jam on the nose is topped with a slightly herbal note, along with hints of smoke,  tar,  blueberry and violets. In the mouth, this is soft up front with a nice medium-bodied feel that flows across the palate delivering nice cut cherry and blackcurrant fruit. Nicely done, really showing nice detail, with fine acids and slightly fuzzy tannins that linger on the palate with hard blackberry candy notes. This is still a bit wrapped up in itself and feels a touch chunky on the mid palate but unfolds nicely on the moderately long finish. Give it some time.  92pts
 
 
Black fruit that's a little inky, violet dominates the slightly herbal nose which shows a little licorice with hints of red fruit but big grilled meat and black pepper top notes. This is lightly tight on entry with early milky chocolate notes followed by bright, fine grained tannins, mineral notes, smoking wood notes and jammy blackberry fruit. There's nice tension on the palate, some pleasant fruit layered over a rather tightly knit structure,. This is still a touch short on the finish but the lean, rugged feel here, showing fat, power and finesse bodes well for positive development in the bottle.  92pts

2009 White Cottage Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Risa Napa Valley 14.5% $40
 
Lightly aromatic with herbal and broken basalt aromas over a bed of licorice-tinged blackcurrant and baked plum notes. This shows nice detail and freshness on the nose. A bit tight on entry, showing slightly coiled in the mouth with integrated acids and abundant if soft and polished tannins. The feel is light but not lightweight, with good tension, allowing the wine to deliver some well defined flavors of blackberry, red plum, and earth all topped with a well managed dose of baking spices. The finish is very fresh with a hint of heat perhaps, but excellent inner mouth perfume, persistence and detailed berry fruits with a touch of root beer and maraschino cherry. In context this might be a little lean and a touch austere, but it fit right in my sweet spot. 91pts
 
 
Fairly intense black fruit greets the nose supported by notes of lead pencil, vanilla, and dried herbs, all topped with a nice dusty earth note. Rich and yet slightly tight in the mouth, this delivers good depth of flavor, wrapping black currant and black plum fruit in assertive but not overpowering wood spice and topping it all off with aromatic herbal notes in the mouth. The tannins here are firm and slightly assertive, but well buffered by rich fruit with plenty of acidity to keep things juicy. Late arriving notes of mushroom and truffle along with a hint of black pepper add complexity that lingers on the finish, which shows off black currant fruit with a hint of herbs, and a slight touch of heat as well. 91pts