1995 Etude Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
This combines dark, rich, potent Cabernet flavors with a sense of elegant and finesse. The purity of the currant, plum and blackberry is dazzling, refreshing and youthful. The finish pulls everything together, ending with a long, detailed, sophisticated aftertaste. (JL, Web-2005)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The current Cabernet Sauvignon release is the 1995, a wine which has performed consistently well since I first tasted it. It is one of those 1995s that easily rivals the 1994, adding evidence to my belief that these two years in Napa and Sonoma might turn out to be the finest back-to-back vintages California has ever enjoyed. This wine boasts a saturated black/purple color, as well as a terrific nose of licorice, cassis, and subtle toasty oak. Full-bodied, and crammed with extract, and rich, ripe black fruits, this dense, symmetrical Cabernet will require several years of cellaring when released, but it should age effortlessly for 15-20 years. It is every bit as good as the terrific 1994, and may ultimately prove to be better, as well as longer-lived. (RP)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Good healthy dark red, with little amber at the rim. Cool, medicinal black cherry, licorice and mint on the nose. Plush, spicy and sweet, with the slightly medicinal quality countered by good mid-palate texture and mouth coverage. The combination of vinosity and salinity along with a light herbal quality gives the wine noteworthy lift and a light touch. This distinctly dark-fruit style is not particularly complex but is full of life and still unfolding.