2014 RJV Cabernet Sauvignon
The wine is a deep ruby color in the glass and has a fair amount of legs. Weighty masses of dark chocolate, eucalyptus, and alluring tobacco flavors manifest quickly to take center stage. The lush dark lip-smacking fruit dances throughout, framed by granite-lined cassis, violets, and raspberry notes that linger way in the back. The finish is tannic. But, in the most enjoyable way, and it’s flavors anchor to the tongue creating lasting memories. Pam Riley - Food and Wine Chronicles
2013 RJV Cabernet Sauvignon
Big, bodacious and beautiful, from the dense maroon purple to the cheeseburger & fries meatiness of the nose. Nectarine and mandarin attach themselves to sharp green shards of wood and wet bark, pulling rich tropical nectar into a breeze-way out of the rain. A gorgeous bit of green bean and artichoke bring sexy vegetal to the party, all spread on fresh-baked bread in newspaper past chestnuts roasted in oil-drums.
In the mouth, thick, rich fruit concentrates heavily on entry, violent acidity hand-in-hand and making anyone expecting a fat, lush Napa fruit-bomb to sit up straight. An almost syrupy initial blackberry sensation is forced aside by bold structure, green and ridiculously powerful, graphite and grated steel attempting to tame the hardcore tannins to little avail.
No, you’ve never heard of this wine: but you need to pay attention. This thing hits on all KINDS of levels and is a 20-year aging candidate. Beautifully fruited and blurringly-bodied, it is an extremely interesting 2013 and I can’t WAIT to get into my older vintages. How about this: buy 2 cases and drink one a year. That’s my advice. - Stephen McConnell, Soif
A 100% varietal wine given 26 months in new French oak, this is a well-integrated, richly concentrated showcase for the Coombsville appellation. It is impressive in cinnamon, black pepper, jammy black cherry and plum. - 2018 World Wine Championships New York