Napa Valley Reserve 2010
Mother Nature framed the 2010 growing season with above-average precipitation in Napa Valley, with Spring rains ending in May and resuming in late October. The season was slightly cooler than normal, testing the skills of vineyard managers as they sought to speed up the ripening process. The harvest season was brought to a quick close in late October by an advancing Pacific storm system. Overall, tonnage was off by as much as 20% but vintners were pleased with the quality of the crop.
Well-established hillside vineyards (Rutherford, Oakville) are the foundation of this wine, giving the finished blend its intense inner core of fruit.
The grapes were hand picked at optimum ripeness. Following destemming, the grapes were stainless steelfermented and received extended skin contact before being transferred to barrels. The wine was aged in small French oak barrels for 25 months (100% new barrels) where the wine completed malolactic fermentation. The wine was racked prior to bottling.
With its Bordeaux-like presence, this wine is deep, rich, and lingering. Firm, integrated tannins frame the concentrated, dark fruit (currant, black cherry, wild berry, plum.) Toasty oak and an earthy edge add to the wine’s great complexity.
Ratings & Reviews
88 points - 2010 Vintage
"Made in an approachable, drink-me-now style, this Cab flatters with its wealth of blackberries, cherries, currants, licorice and oak. It has rich, luxurious tannins and is full-bodied and dry."
- Wine Enthusiast Magazine, Buying Guide, March 2014 Download PDF
Highly Recommended - 2010 Vintage
"Medium-dark ruby; deep, rich, cassis and blackberry fruit aroma and hints of mint and wet stone; medium-full to full body; rich, textured, red currant and dark cherry flavors with a trace of vanilla and a supple mouthfeel; medium-full to full tannin; lingering aftertaste. Enjoyable to drink now."
- California Grapevine, December 2013 Download PDF
94 points - 2005 Vintage
"Smooth and juicy with ripe plum and black raspberry fruit; dense and generous, seamless with lovely balance and expansive length; bright and classic."
- Anthony Dias Blue, Tasting Panel, January - February 2011 Download PDF
91 points - 2005 Vintage
Featured in "Year's Best" issue
"Philip Zorn purchases fruit for this reserve from hillside growers from Oakville and Rutherford (65 percent), the balance coming from Diamond Mountain and Truchard's vineyard in Carneros. The blend produces a wine with intensity and pungent, forest floor scents. The fruit is juicy and rich, the tannins contrasting it's sweetness with the savor of olives and plum skin. Luscious and tense with minerality, this is ready to drink with braised lamb."
- Wine & Spirits, February 2011 Download PDF
91 points - 2004 Vintage
"Shows a marked improvement over any Cab Waterstone has produced, a rich, layered wine that should improve in the cellar. Bone dry and thick in tannins, it shows deep flavors of black currants, baker's chocolate and herbs. Decant for a few hours if you're drinking it now, or stash through 2012."
- Wine Enthusiast, Buyers Guide, November 2008 Download PDF
• Varietal Composition: 82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Merlot, 1% Cabernet Franc
• Appellation: Napa Valley
• Alcohol: 14.7%
• TA: 0.61 g/100ml
• pH: 3.83
• Oak Aging: 25 months
• Oak Cooperage French oak, 100% new
• Production: 1,074 cases
• Bottling Date: March 21, 2013