2010 Ovid Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Sweet dark cherries and plums are some of the notes that explode from the 2010 Ovid. An utterly vivid, breathtaking wine, the 2010 impresses for its incredible balance and overall sense of harmony. Flowers of all sorts, sage and rosemary develop in the glass, adding tons of complexity. Today the 2010 is a little reticent next to the decidedly more exuberant 2009, which is quite typical of wines from Pritchard Hill at this stage in the evolution of these vintages. Power, pure vibrancy and intensity are the hallmarks of the 2010. This is another stunning wine from the team at Ovid. I can’t wait to see how the 2010 develops in bottle. Anticipated maturity: 2018-2030. (AG)
The flagship 2010 Ovid is just as impressive today as it was last year. A dark, dense beauty, the 2010 flows across the palate with stunning depth and purity. Mocha, espresso, graphite, wild flowers and intense dark fruit literally explode from the glass. The 2010 is exciting and viscerally thrilling from the very first taste. Seductive Cabernet Franc aromas are woven throughout, adding perfume, lift and an element of exoticism that is impossible to resist. (AG)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Deep ruby-red. Deeply pitched aromas of currant, mocha, smoke and roasted nuts. Wonderfully silky and plush but not at all overly sweet, showing good restraint and spicy definition to the very concentrated flavors of currant, tobacco and brown spices. The very long, subtle finish shows mellow, burnished tannins and noteworthy reserve. Very impressive, and impeccably balanced from day one. (ST)
A mix of power and restraint, this gushes with dark and red berry fruit, along with red and black licorice, gaining depth and smoothing out, showing its mettle on the finish, where the flavors are tapered, focused and long. Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Petit Verdot. Best from 2015 through 2025. (JL)
Blend of 63% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Cabernet Franc, 5% Merlot and 2% Petit Verdot. From Wine Advocate: "Ovid keeps raising the bar with this drop-dead gorgeous set of new releases. Owners Dana Johnson and Mark Nelson have spared no expense in their pursuit to make world-class wines. These new releases are a testament to their unwavering commitment to quality. This year I also tasted two of the ‘Experiment’ series wines, which bear creative names inspired by Dana Johnson’s background in Library Sciences. The talented Austin Peterson makes the wines, Andy Erickson consults and David Abreu manages the vineyards, but what really counts is what is in the bottle. The results so far from this young property have been nothing less than stellar."