2010 David Arthur "Elevation 1147" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Elevation 1147 is going to require serious patience. It boasts stunning depth and power, but very much in the context of the house style, which is to say the Elevation 1147 remains a wine of exquisite elegance and finesse. This dazzling Cabernet Sauvignon caresses every corner of the palate with layers of beautifully delineated fruit. The 2010 is an exceptionally polished wine loaded with potential. Anticipated maturity: 2017-2030. 95+ (AG)
Here we have a fascinating wine that's elegant and opulent, massive and controlled, flattering yet elusive, all at once. That combination of opposites gives it intellectual interest, a wine worth thinking and talking about. Technically, it's dry, fairly high in alcohol and oaky. The 100% Cabernet grapes off the estate are incredibly concentrated in black currants and cassis, showing their sunny, high elevation origins on Pritchard Hill. The wine is not perfect. There's a certain hollowness mid-palate, which has to be attributed to the challenging vintage. But it's a fabulous Cabernet to drink now, and it will reward cellaring for 10 years.
A wine with extremely attractive blueberry character, plus hints of violets. Full body with polished tannins and a subtle berry and citrus undertone. Long finish. Mountainside vineyards do the job here. Better in 2017.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
(15.2% alcohol; from a single block of Clone 8 Cabernet Aauvignon, which Zacherle says retains acidity): Deep, saturated ruby. Brooding and profound aromas of cassis, blackberry, bitter chocolate and menthol, along with a whiff of rusty nails, all lifted by a violet topnote. Very rich, dense and generous; plusher than the Old Vine bottling, showing a restrained sweetness. Here there's more depth of material to support the wine's backbone, and the tannins make their presence felt later. This makes the Old Vine seem imploded by comparison. 93+ (ST)
Fairly massive, with tannins to match, this is rangy now, offering dried herb and juicy yet dry dark berry flavors. There's lots of cedary oak, yet on the finish this straightens out nicely. Best from 2014 through 2025.
"I was deeply impressed with the wines I tasted at David Arthur this year," writes Antonio Gallioni in the Wine Advocate. "Winemaker Nile Zacherle has done a brilliant job with these new and upcoming releases. The David Arthur style is all about richness without excess heaviness. In addition to the wines below, I also tasted a Nebbiolo from the 2011 harvest that is easily one of the most interesting California Nebbiolos I have ever come across." (12/2012)