Napa No­bil­ity

His tast­ing of 250 reds from the 2014 Napa Val­ley vin­tage in Jan­uary con­firmed for James Suck­ling that the re­gion is en­trenched in a new era of clas­si­cism, whereby wines expand on the lin­ear def­i­ni­tion of reds of the past while draw­ing on the precision an

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Fantastic aro­mas of sweet to­bacco, rose petal, mush­room and dark fruit such as rasp­berry and cur­rant. Cit­rus blos­som, too. Full body, firm and vel­vety tan­nins, yet remains tight and pol­ished. Very re­served and beau­ti­ful. Sub­tle tex­ture. Savoury. You are go­ing to want to drink this now! How­ever, it’s built for age­ing. The pu­rity of caber­net sau­vi­gnon (95%) is spell­bind­ing. 100 points BRYANT FAM­ILY VINE­YARD CABER­NET SAU­VI­GNON Aro­matic and vivid with black­berry, fresh mush­room, black­cur­rant and flow­ers. Full-bod­ied, firm and very silky. Tightly wound ball of silk. Ex­tremely long and lin­ear. Fine-grained. Lasts for min­utes. Rem­i­nis­cent of the great Napa reds of the 1950s and ’60s. Best in 2025 but su­perb now. Great­est Bryant ever. 100 points PETER MICHAEL WIN­ERY CABER­NET SAU­VI­GNON OAKVILLE AU PARADIS Ex­tremely per­fumed with iron, clay and cur­rant char­ac­ter, cop­per pen­nies and hints of steak. Then this turns to flow­ers, io­dine and oys­ter shell. Full body that’s juicy and de­fined by hefty black­cur­rant flavours and real meati­ness. Dark choco­late and or­ange peel un­der­tones. Ex­tremely long and flavour­ful. About three-fourths caber­net sau­vi­gnon, the rest caber­net franc. Ex­cel­lent fol­low-up to the 2013. 99 points REALM CEL­LARS CABER­NET SAU­VI­GNON FARELLA VINE­YARD Dark berries, sliced mush­room, wet earth and fas­ci­nat­ing in­ten­sity. Io­dine un­der­tones. Full-bod­ied, vel­vety and lay­ered. In­cred­i­ble depth and length. Truly fantastic. Shows the Coomb­sville magic. Pure caber­net. Napa’s an­swer to 1975 La Mission? Beau­ti­ful now but bet­ter in 2022. 99 points

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