2010 Kobalt "Window Pane" Napa Valley Red Wine
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The Cabernet Sauvignon-based 2010 Window Pane wraps around the palate with layers of dark plums, olives, cassis, leather and scorched earth. With time in the glass, the wine fleshes out nicely. This is an absolutely gorgeous bottle of wine from Kobalt. The 2010 is an unusual blend of 63% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Petite Sirah and 7% Carignane/Graciano, but it all works beautifully. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2018. Mark Herold makes these delicious wines for Kobalt. All of the Mark Herold projects have their own distinctive signatures, and that is very much the case here as well.
From the winemaker: "Deep and enticing, with a blend of sweet berry, toast, and coffee beans. On the palate, ripe rich berry, violet with essences of fresh red raspberries, vanilla, and cola nut. Black pepper accentuates the layered fruit flavors and hints of sweet spicy oak. The fruit for this wine comes from the younger vines in our vineyards not yet ready for Kobalt Cabernet Sauvignon and other select vineyards in Northern California."