Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, 90pts: Deep ruby. Powerful scents of cherry-vanilla, cassis and cocoa powder, with a hint of espresso in the background. Fleshy and smooth in texture, offering gently sweet dark fruit and mocha flavors that show a seamless quality. Gentle tannins build with air and add shape to the long, supple finish. This wine is drinking very well right now.
Whitley on Wine, by Robert Whitley, 91pts: (This) is a classic Napa Valley Cab with rich dark fruit aromas, density on the palate, and persistence of flavor through the finish. It is Hestan's "volume" wine in that more than 2,000 cases are produced, which is about half of the entire Hestan production.
Wine Enthusiast, by Steve Heimoff, 88pts
Wine Spectator, by James Laube, 90pts
Wine Enthusiast, by Steve Heimoff, 90pts: Cellar Selection.
Wine Spectator, by James Laube, 89 pts: Crafted by Mark Herold as the second wine of the Hestan Estate, this Cabernet has a smooth, rich mouthfeel and flavors of spicy blackberry and black cherry, with subtle hints of anise and mocha. It finishes with a burst of fruit.
Tasting Report, by Anthony Dias Blue, 91pts: Smooth and silky with sweet vanilla oak and ripe plum and black cherry fruit; lush, rich and balanced with lovely depth, long finish and style.
Wine Enthusiast, by Steve Heimoff, 90pts: Cellar Selection. Still strong and jammy at the age of four-plus, with fresh blackberry, black currant and spicy oak flavors brightened with zingy acidity. It's a distinctly New World wine, and a very good one, but it needs a year or three in the cellar to mellow and resolve.
Wine Spectator, by James Laube, 92pts: Smooth, rich and creamy at the start, with spicy blackberry, black cherry and wild berry fruit that's well-centered, picking up subtle hints of anise and mocha. Teases you on the finish with a burst of fruit. Best from 2009 through 2016. 3,300 cases made.
WineSkinny.com: Really good (and well-priced!), offering waves of supple, rich blackberry, black cherry, cream, licorice and dark chocolate, with a lush finish supported by integrated tannins. Ready to drink now and over the next 5-7 years.
Wine Spectator, by James Laube, 90pts: Dark, rich and plush, this is tightly focused, with a complex, concentrated band of spice, currant, black cherry and wild berry fruit that's well-proportioned. Has a long, intense, persistent finish, ending with a dash of herb and sage. Best from 2008 through 2013. 3,800 cases made.
Wine Spectator, by James Laube, 92pts: Firm, intense and concentrated, with complex blackberry, tobacco, cassis and anise flavors that are tightly wound and sharply focused, finishing with chewy tannins and a delicious burst of fruit. Best from 2008 through 2012. 3,300 cases made.
Wine Spectator, by James Laube, 90pts: Rich and fleshy, with a ripe band of black cherry, plum and wild berry shaded by mocha and vanilla-laced oak flavors and finishing with good concentration, depth and firm tannins. Best from 2006 through 2012. 575 cases made.
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