By: Bryan Brick | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/29/2013 | Send Email
Quietly Tamarack Cellars have been cranking out some of the best values in Cabernet Sauvignon over the last few years. Some of you may remember the 2009 Cabernet we sold from them around the Holidays of 2012, it was a rousing success for us and there were plenty of complements by our customer on how delicious the wines was. The 2010, I think, is just as successful mainly due to the amazing fruit that is put into this wine. Tamarack uses some of the highest regarded vineyards in the state in the production of this wine, Ciel Du Cheval, Taptiel, Seven Hills, Weinbau are just some of the big name fruit sources that go into this wine. This is akin to taking the best vineyards in Oakville, Rutherford and Calistoga, blending them together and selling it for less than $30. In the bottle the wine is certainly more structured than was displayed in the 2009 with a much more tannic structure and more complexity of aromas and flavors than was dictated by the hotter vintage previous. Dense and inky in the glass this is a big, masculine wine with plenty to offer those that want their Cabs to punch them in the mouth a little but yet is still restrained enough to be drunk now, preferably with rare red meat. Licorice, tar, sweet pipe tobacco, cassis and olive flavors are all discernable and delicious. The finish is long and powerful alluding to the possibility of a long life ahead. My best guess is that the zone for this wine is from December 2013 to sometime in 2018.