2010 Whitehall Lane Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Aloof now, this Cab holds you at a distance with its provocative tannins. But it’s a very fine wine that shows real Napa pedigree. Balanced and harmonious, it features complex flavors of blackberries, cassis and cedar wood that turn sweet on the finish.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Readers looking for a reasonably good value in Napa Cabernet Sauvignon should check out Whitehall Lane’s 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa. At $40, this wine delivers the goods. A blend of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Merlot, 2% Malbec and 1% Petit Verdot, it exhibits a dense ruby/purple color as well as a sweet bouquet of cassis, white chocolate and spice, round, gentle, opulent flavors, a velvety texture and an irresistible personality. Full and rich, it should easily age for a decade.
Clean and correct medium-density aromas of black cherry buoyed by notes of caramelly oak make an inviting first impression, and the wine continues in good form into a somewhat glyceriny entry and a full-bodied passage across the palate. The tannins here are clearly in evidence but do little to discourage early enjoyment for those who drink their Cabernets young. Two to four years of age will smooth out the finish, and the wine is poised to last longer than that under good cellaring.
The 2010 Whitehall Lane Napa Cab is composed of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Merlot, 2% Malbec, and 1% Petite Verdot from vineyards in the prestigious St. Helena, Rutherford, Calistoga,Yountville and Oak Knoll districts. Aged for 20 months in a combination of American and French oak barrels, the structure of the Cabernet from this cool vintage is softened and fleshed out by plump Merlot on the midpalate, with Malbec and Petit Verdot adding complexity and aromatic lift for balance. From the winery: "This striking 2010 Cabernet is loaded with bright, vibrant fruit and has exceptional body to match. The aromas and flavors of blackberry, currant, black cherry and toasty oak meld exquisitely with ample midpalate weight, a silky mouth-feel and luxurious tannins that add good length to the finish. A great wine to enjoy today but it will also improve through cellar aging beyond 2020."