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2008 Abreu Cappella Cabernet and Blends RP97 750 ml 3 $298.00
The 2008 Cappella bursts onto the palate with black cherries, smoke, menthol and licorice. This is a decidedly powerful, tannic Cappella that is going to need quite a bit of bottle age. Layers of fruit build effortlessly to the intense, deeply expressive finish. With time in the glass, the wine?s potential becomes quite evident. In 2008 Cappella is 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Petit Verdot, 15% Cabernet Franc and 4% Merlot. Anticipated maturity: 2018-2033+.
2010 Abreu Cappella Cabernet and Blends RP98 750 ml 5 $384.00
The 2010 Cappella, ( 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Cabernet Franc, and the rest Petit Verdot and Merlot) reveals a dense purple color, and even greater aromatic and flavor dimensions than the 2009. Notes of sweet creme de cassis, coffee bean, graphite, white chocolate and forest floor are followed by an intense, full-bodied, luxuriously textured wine that has plenty of tannin, but it is sweet and enrobed by sumptuous fruit and glycerin. This fabulous 2010 is one of the superstars of the vintage. It should continue to evolve for 25-30 years.
2011 Abreu Cappella Cabernet and Blends RP95 750 ml 3 $439.00
Finally in the bottle, the 2011 Proprietary Red Cappella is showing even better than it did from barrel last year (a common occurrence at Abreu). The 2011, which includes more Merlot than usual because of the cold growing season, reveals terrific notes of espresso roast, chocolate, forest floor, incense, and blackberry and cassis fruit. This broad, round effort is an opulent, fruit-forward, supple, luscious wine that should drink well for 10-15 years.
2010 Abreu Howell Mountain Cabernet and Blends RP(94-97) 750 ml 2 $388.00
An absolute blockbuster, the 2010 Howell Mountain includes Malbec and Petit Verdot blended with the Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. It boasts an inky/blue/purple color as well as a sumptuous perfume of barbecue smoke, lead pencil shavings and wet rocks. This ripe, smoky, intense, full-bodied wine reveals a boatload of tannins, but also richer fruit and a deeper, multidimensional mouthfeel and finish than the 2009, which appears to be more broodingly backward and structured. This appears to be a great success. Consume it over the next 25-30 years.
2012 Abreu Las Posadas Cabernet and Blends RP99 750 ml 1 $390.00
The 2012 Las Posadas Proprietary Red is a massive fruit bomb from that high-elevation vineyard. Forest floor, floral notes, lead pencil shavings, licorice, fruitcake, cedar wood and oodles of black fruits soar from the glass and from the palate of this full-bodied, majestic, multi-layered wine. Like most 2012s, it is really strutting it?s stuff. It is still obviously young, but dramatic and flamboyant. This sensational wine should age effortlessly for 25-30+ years.
2010 Abreu Madrona Ranch Cabernet and Blends RP98 750 ml 3 $398.00
The 2010 Madrona Ranch, which David Abreu told me he crop-thinned by at least 50%, is a more backward, tannic, brooding wine at present. An inky/purple color and lots of baking spice, espresso, black and blue fruits, and hints of graphite and toast emerge from this wine as well as formidable tannins in the finish. However, the tannins are sweet and well-integrated in this big, blockbuster effort. It will require patience by purchasers as it needs to be forgotten for 4-5 years; it will drink well over the following three decades.
2011 Abreu Madrona Ranch Cabernet and Blends RP(93-95) 750 ml 3 $436.00
Abreu?s 2011 Proprietary Red Madrona Ranch is all about balance. Firm, focused tannins provide the backdrop for expressive floral and red-toned nuances. At times a bit delicate for an Abreu wine, the 2011 Madrona Ranch stands out for its focus and delineation. It will be interesting to see where this goes over the coming year. Anticipated maturity: 2021-2031.
2005 Abreu Thorevilos Cabernet and Blends RP100 750 ml 3 $549.00
Although it's not entitled to any specific AVA, the 2005 Proprietary Red Thorevilos is largely two-thirds Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Cabernet Franc with some Petit Verdot and a touch of Merlot. Extraordinary aromatics consisting of blueberry liqueur, white flowers, licorice, spice and incense are all present in this profound, multi-layered, full-bodied wine with remarkable purity and precision. It is multidimensional, staggeringly rich and complex, and has at least another 20-30 years. This is one brilliant example of what viticulture, winemaking and terroir can do in the Shangri-La called Napa Valley. Drink it over the next 30 years.
2008 Abreu Thorevilos Cabernet and Blends RP98 750 ml 2 $375.00
As outstanding as all the Abreu wines are, if I had to choose one that stands apart from the others it would be Thorevilos. The 2008 Thorevilos is the most complete and deeply satisfying of Abreu’s 2008s because the balance of fruit and structure is so impeccable. The 2008 literally explodes onto the palate with masses of dark fruit, tar, licorice and smoke. There is a fleshiness and depth of the fruit here that separates the Thorevilos from the other 2008s. Layers of fruit build towards the massive, masculine finish. In 2008 Thorevilos is 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Cabernet Franc and 15% Petit Verdot. Anticipated maturity: 2018-2038.
2010 Abreu Thorevilos Cabernet and Blends RP95+ 750 ml 6 $378.00
The 2010 Thorevilos seemed more tannic and backward than the 2009, which is somewhat of an anomaly in my tastings of these two vintages. Lots of espresso roast, white chocolate, blueberry, black raspberry and floral aromas jump from the glass, but the wine hits the palate with a crescendo of fruit, glycerin and body. Elevated tannins then kick in giving the wine a huge structure as well as a Bordeaux-like austerity. This wine requires 4-5 years of cellaring once released, and should evolve for more than three decades.
2007 Aleth Girardin Beaune Mouches, 1er Burgundy Red BH89 750 ml 4 $35.00
An elegant, pure and mildly earthy red berry fruit nose introduces energetic, precise and lightly mineral-infused medium-bodied flavors that possess a tangy and slightly dry finish that will probably round out. This should benefit from 5 to 6 years of cellar time. AM
2011 Aleth Girardin Beaune Mouches, 1er Burgundy Red BH89 750 ml 3 $36.00
This is a bit more aromatically elegant with a moderately high-toned mix of both red and blue pinot fruit, earth and discreet spice nuances. There is a lovely sense of underlying tension and solid delineation to the medium-bodied flavors that enjoy a sophisticated mouth feel thanks to the relatively fine-grained tannins that shape the supple and utterly delicious finish that is mildly dry in the best sense. This should reward a few years in the cellar but also drink well young if desired. AM
2012 Aleth Girardin Beaune Mouches, 1er Burgundy Red BH89 750 ml 5 $38.00
Girardin noted that this produced only 2 barrels instead of the normal 6. There is a subtle touch of wood framing the menthol-inflected, ripe liqueur-like aromas of cassis and dark raspberry. The mouth coating and concentrated middle weight flavors possess a beguiling palate feel before terminating in a delicious, round and balanced finish where the wood telegraphed by the nose reappears. This has the stuffing to age well but the ample amount of dry extract will make this accessible young too. AM
2008 Aleth Girardin Pommard Charmots, 1er Burgundy Red BH89-91 750 ml 4 $45.00
A background touch of wood does not interfere with the clear expression of the notably ripe red currant, violets and warm earth nose that introduces rich, fresh, fleshy and detailed flavors that possess fine mid-palate concentration as well as a dusty and mouth coating finish that is on the austere side while displaying mild youthful asperity. AM
2011 Aleth Girardin Pommard Charmots, 1er Burgundy Red BH90 750 ml 4 $48.00
Here too discreet but not invisible wood surrounds the pretty and appealingly layered aromas of plum, red currant and warm earth. There is good richness and fine volume to the middle weight flavors that also possess relatively fine-grained tannins that contribute to the overall sense of refinement here, particularly on the mouth coating, balanced and solidly persistent finish. This firm and tautly muscular effort manages to at once be very Pommard because not only is there no rusticity, but this is relatively elegant. AM
2012 Aleth Girardin Pommard Charmots, 1er Burgundy Red BH90-92 750 ml 3 $50.00
Discreet but not imperceptible notes of oak and menthol highlight the ripe but fresh aromas of cassis, black cherry and spice hints. The medium-bodied flavors are quite rich, indeed even opulent with good volume and are shaped by soft tannins that add to the seductive mouth feel, all wrapped in a dusty and sleekly muscular finish. Good stuff that should be accessible young but reward a decade plus of cellar time. AM
2007 Aleth Girardin Pommard Epenots, 1er Burgundy Red BH91h 750 ml 3 $52.00
A relatively high-toned and solidly complex nose that is both elegant and attractive possesses notes of layered red berry fruit and warm earth that can also be found on the detailed medium-bodied flavors that display an elegant mouth feel that evidences a trace of minerality on the cool, poised and strikingly persistent finish. Like the Noizons, the tannins are sufficiently fine that this could be enjoyed now or held for up to a decade first. Excellent quality here. AM
2008 Aleth Girardin Pommard Epenots, 1er Burgundy Red BH92h 750 ml 4 $55.00
A more elegant and more complex nose offers up restrained spice hints that add interest to the fresh, ripe and expressive red pinot fruit and pungent earth aromas that give way gracefully to the textured, powerful and focused middle weight plus flavors that possess an attractively textured mouth feel on the balanced, mouth coating and impressively long finish. This should be an excellent cellar candidate. AM
2011 Aleth Girardin Pommard Epenots, 1er Burgundy Red BH91h 750 ml 4 $55.00
An elegant, ripe and fresh nose of dark berries, black cherry and earth aromas is trimmed in a background application of oak. There is equally good freshness and verve to the big-bodied yet suave and round medium-bodied flavors that also benefit from the presence of firm yet fine-grained tannins that surface on the focused, powerful and solidly persistent finish. Lovely. AM
2012 Aleth Girardin Pommard Epenots, 1er Burgundy Red BH92h 750 ml 3 $60.00
Here too there is a deft application of wood that is sufficiently light to allow the cool but ripe and pure aromas of dark currant, earth, green tea and sauvage hints to be easily appreciated. The round, fleshy and solidly well-concentrated middle weight flavors possess excellent mid-palate concentration as well as outstanding complexity on the balanced, distinctly firm and impressively long finale. This will need at least a decade to realize its full potential and quite probably 12 to 15 years. AM
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