Wine Spectator 92
"Combines rich layers of fruit with structure and focus. Built on crushed rock, road tar and gravelly tannins, the core dark berry flavors are intense and detailed. Best from 2013 through 2024. 800 cases made. " ~ JL
" This is a rich and plump wine from a great vintage, with the structure of grapes grown in great sites and complexity of careful raising in the cellar to age nicely for a decade at least. The wine’s nearly opaque purple-ruby color foretells the aroma’s depth of dark fruit, oak spice and tobacco notes. The aroma opens to show berries, cherries and plums with hints of pomegranate and smoke. In the mouth the wine starts with richness and silk underlain by a powerful base of concentrated ripe tannins and just the right balancing acidity. The ripe fruit flavors are beautifully wound with subtle toast, smoke and spice from French oak barrels. There is an impression of dark tobacco leaf and cedar mixed with the black fruit in the long, fleshy finish. The lingering grip of the wine’s structure will slowly resolve to velvet with time in the bottle.
This is a dense, plush young wine with deep, complex flavors and silky structure that expresses
a graceful collaboration between vineyard and cellar. The pedigree of great fruit shows in the dark fruit flavors with not a hint of green herbs or hard angles. The ripe fruit was expertly extracted, bringing out nearly opaque purple color. The exuberant aroma of the wine in its youth shows big, fresh berry notes and hints of smoke, pencil lead and cedar. In the mouth it is rich and fat with intense black cherry and plum flavors carried along by seamlessly knit, powerful yet supple tannin structure. The exquisitely ripe core is underlain with just enough stony minerality to bring balance that lasts into the long, lingering finish. The wine has the delicious fruit and youthful stuffing to deserve a decade or more of bottle age. " ~ Winery notes
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Stewart Cellars was founded in 2000 by Michael and Anne Stewart with a philosophy to consistently produce fabulous Pinot Noir and Cabernet Sauvignon from some of the finest vineyards in the Napa and Russian River Valleys. With son James running the day to day operations and daughter Caroline joining the winemaking team, Stewart has become a family affair. Consulting winemaker Paul Hobbs takes great care in producing Stewart Pinot Noir and Cabernet Sauvignon. All of the vineyards are cultivated to Paul's specifications, with fruit dropped periodically throughout the growing season to ensure even ripeness and good concentration.