2010 Lancaster Estate Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon is much more polished than the 2009 tasted alongside it. Asphalt, smoke, tobacco, licorice and tar all flow as this sumptuous Cabernet shows off its sexy, undeniably appealing personality. Hints of mocha and espresso add a resonant warmth that is hugely attractive. The tannins are firm but seamlessly balanced. There is a lot to like in the 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, starting with the wine's sheer class. (AG)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Inky ruby. Expressive, oak-spiced cassis, cherry and floral pastille aromas are lifted by a suave mineral quality and a hint of cracked pepper. Fleshy and seamless in texture, offering sweet dark fruit flavors and suggestions of mocha and chewing tobacco. Finishes smoky and long, with youthfully chewy tannins adding shape and grip. (ST)
This 79% Cabernet Sauvignon is firm in tannins, with a thickly tangled web of herb and savory leather amid cassis and currant. With smaller percentages of Merlot, Malbec, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc, in that order, it’s midweight, dry and could stand more time in the bottle.
*One Star* Tilting slightly to ripeness, yet very deep and long on richness, this fleshy, mouthfilling wine goes right to the line of being a little too much, but it does not cross over. It flirts here and there with glimmers of chocolate yet keeps ample, dark-cherry fruit in its sights throughout, and the scant heat that emerges in the latter going is sure to be made moot by service with food.
Attractively leafy nose and just a touch leafy on the palate too, increasing the freshness. Tannins are still quite chewy and there's plenty of spice on the finish but the freshness and length are impressive. (JH)
A rich, intense, full-blown style, featuring a deep core of red and black fruit, with touches of licorice. Shows plenty of cedary oak, and will need further cellaring. Ends with drying woody flavors. (Web Only-2013) (JL)