2009 Sbragia "Cimarossa Vineyard" Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
An implosive deep wine, the 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Cimarossa Vineyard boasts considerable energy, but here there is more than enough fruit to nearly cover the Howell Mountain tannins. Sweet red berries, freshly cut flowers, mocha, chocolate and sweet spices all come to life in a wine that is surprisingly polished, suave and complete. Anticipated maturity: 2017-2029.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Good ruby-red. Black cherry and licorice on the nose. Rich and strong but showing much less early sweetness than the Rancho del Oso bottling, with a strong red soil minerality giving shape to the dark fruit and bitter chocolate flavors. Finishes with a major mouthful of tannins and a slight dryness. Perhaps in an awkward stage today.
Very dense and chewy, with a charry edge to the dark berry, graphite, cedar and crushed rock notes. Tannic from start to finish, but like many Sbragia Cabernets, this starts to sing on the finish, and should do so. Best from 2014 through 2028.