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2009 Red Hen Chardonnay
Score: 93

A rich, graceful style that’s at a good drinking place, offering pure, ripe pear, fig, apricot and honeysuckle flavors, with light toasty oak and notes of tangerine and white peach. Tightly focused, with lively acidity keeping the flavors fresh and snappy. Drink now through 2018. 1,075 cases made. —J.L.

2009 Jillian’s Blend Cabernet Sauvignon
Score: 93

Features a complex mix of savory herb, dried berry, tobacco and mocha, ending with muscular tannins and well-focused flavors. Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, and Merlot. Drink now through 2022. 1,470 cases made. —J.L.

 

2009 Cold Creek Ranch Chardonnay
Score: 91

The complex aromas of hazelnut, spice, fig, peach and honeysuckle are elegant, delicate and expansive, gaining depth and nuance on the persistent finish. Drink now through 2019. 1,500 cases made. —J.L.

 

 

Wine Enthusiast

2010 Flat Rock Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon
Score: 96

It’s not just the fruit, which is immaculately ripe in blackberries and black currants. The wine also stands out for the richness of the oak, so perfectly integrated, and the overall balance. Beautiful acidity and thick, rich, supple tannins come along with a gorgeous, long, dry finish. The vineyard is in Yountville. You’ll want to cellar this 100% Cab until at least 2020, and it could be going strong longer. —S.H.


2010 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Score: 92

The Cabernet’s Yountville origin makes it a little drier, tarter in acidity and more tannic than some riper Cabs grown in warmer areas. The cool region and vintage give it an edge of salty green olives, but you’ll find plenty or ripe blackberry, cherry and currant fruit, not to mention buttery, toasty oak. Drink 2020. —S.H.


2010 Jillian’s Blend Red Wine
Score: 91

The blend is Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Merlot and Malbec. Cab Sauv brings rich black currants, as well as thick tannins. Merlot adds softer notes of cherries and violets. The Malbec increases the tannins, along with notes of grilled meat bone that Syrah, with its peppery, beef-jerky meatiness, enhances. The result is a young vigorous wine, dry and balanced in acidity. It may or may not age, but there’s no reason not to decant it now and enjoy with grilled beefsteak. —S.H.


2009 Flat Rock Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon
Score: 95

This is dry and brisk in acidity, with firm tannins and great structural integrity. At the same time, it’s vast in blackberry and cherry-jam flavors, while the oak overlay is strong but perfectly matched with the wine’s volume. Very fine, complex and elegant, this is a Cabernet to cellar for eight years; it could be one for the long haul. Cellar Selection—S.H.

2008 Mast Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon
Score: 93

Ripe, flashy fruit and substantial oak mark this wine, with evident tannins. It shows terrific, concentrated flavors of blackberry, cherry, currant and dark chocolate that are rich and satisfying. It’s soft enough to drink now, but will benefit from 6-8 years in the cellar. 14.8% alc. –S.H.

2008 Jillian’s BLend
Score: 92

Blended with Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Merlot, this is just about perfect for drinking now. It’s dry, firm in tannins and complex, with flavors of blackberry, currant, licorice, smoked meat, spice and cedar that mingle onto the long, ripe finish. 14.8% alc. Editors’ Choice. –S.H.

2011 Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc
Score: 90

This is a rich, young Sauvignon Blanc for drinking now. Dry on the finish and tart in acidity, it shows complex pineapple, pear, grapefruit and hay flavors, with a touch of peppery spice. 14.6% alc. Editors’ Choice. –S.H.