2010 Textbook "Fin de Journée" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Bright purple. Fragrant aromas of candied cherry, cassis, cured tobacco, minerals and dried rose. Chewy and sharply focused, offering good density to its dark berry and floral pastille flavors. Finishes long and delineated, with gentle tannic grip and strong spicy thrust.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The least expensive offering is the 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Fin de Journee, a sleeper of the vintage as well as a noteworthy value. It reveals lots of black currant fruit, a subtle touch of oak, a supple texture, medium body and impressive purity, texture and length. It can be drunk now and over the next 5-7 years.
The 2010 Textbook "Fin de Journée" (end of the day) is entirely Napa Valley fruit, the core of which comes from the Rutherford sub-appellation. This is proven with the wine's density and Rutherford dust aromas, which are abundant despite the cool vintage. The rest of the fruit comes from Oak Knoll, Calistoga, Carneros and Oakville, and the wine is aged in 30% new French oak. Naturally fined, the wine shows incredibly clarity in the glass and precision on the palate.