2010 Amici Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The deep ruby/plum/purple-tinged 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa offers notes of cassis, blueberries, graphite and toasty vanillin. A nicely proportioned, medium to full-bodied, seriously endowed, elegant, restrained wine with admirable purity, it can be drunk now or cellared for 10-15 years.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Bright ruby-red. Aromas of black cherry, cassis, licorice, menthol and herbs hint at both syrupy and medicinal elements. Then rather tight in the mouth, with a dusty quality to the rather unyielding raspberry flavor. The granular tannins ultimately parch the palate. Like the Spring Mountain District cabernet, this is carrying a heavy load of oak.
The 2010 vintage was being called Napa's "European Vintage" even before the grapes were picked. This blend of Cabernet from Rutherford and Yountville, with 2% Petit Verdot, ripened during a long, mild growing season punctuated by a heat spike in late August. Bad news for a lot of Zin, but the Cab took it in stride: "This plush, seductive Cabernet features classic Rutherford Bench flavors of black cherry, cassis and ripe plum layered with subtle notes of licorice and mocha," according to winemaker Joel Aiken's notes. "Beautifully balanced, with smooth, well-integrated tannins and wonderful ripeness, the wine drinks beautifully now but will age gracefully for 8-10 years."