2009 D.R. Stephens "Moose Valley Vineyard" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Tasted at the Domaine. The Reignots had not been racked so had a slightly leesy nose, very good definition, floral with touches of peony and violets. Great purity once again. The palate still has some CO2, but appears to have great depth, very supple, lavished in new oak but in proportion to the level of fruit. Very well poised with lush red-berried fruit and a hint of coconut right on the finish. Superb. (NM)
The 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Moose Valley fleshes out nicely on the mid-palate and finish. This shows a little more delineation and focus than the 2008, with sweet floral notes that add complexity to the dark fruit. Spice, leather and licorice nuances add further complexity. (AG)
Features a bright, rich mix of dried herb, dark, juicy ripe berry and cedar notes that are intense, pure, firm and focused. The long, chewy finish shows hints of red and black licorice. Best from 2013 through 2025. 350 cases made. (JL)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
(this vineyard above Meadowood Resort in St. Helena also makes up the core of the DRII bottling): Good deep red. Cassis, black cherry and minerals on the nose. Supple and fine-grained, with a pliant texture to the sweet red fruit flavors. Showing more personality today than the DRII, but the building tannins also display a rather uncompromising quality.