If I knew nothing else about this wine or it’s making, just thinking about the name Juliet takes me to old Shakespeare and the journey of affection and struggle and moving feelings. Take that emotion and, in no particular order, add one part good company, a bottle of Juliet a dash of Mozart or Chesney and the setting sun over Stag’s Ridge Vineyard and there it is; the recipe to Napa Valley perfection. (You can also do this alone in your head but this Cab and classical music are a must!) True this may be a bit of a profound way to start a review but I blame it on the name! This vintage of Juliet drinks just as sweetly as its name…or so “the Bard” put it so many years ago…but I think he referenced a rose then? Perhaps wine wasn’t so good in the Fair Verona of 1562? But I digress...onto the wine!
Our 2010 offering has a proper helping of everything you look for in a balanced and refined Cabernet Sauvignon with ample polish at the end. A spice rack of currant, black cherry, crushed herbs, barrel toast, espresso beans and oak caramels pull up easily from the glass. Dominated by ripe plum, blackberry, sweet spices and dried black fruit make for a heft of full bodied flavor on the palate. Tannins chime in right on point in the middle of the palate and carry it back to over a minute on the finish. There is a striking seamlessness in the overall effect of this wine. From each angle, beginning to end, this wine possesses a refinement, sophistication and delicacy with a wanting and desire for another taste. She is after all, Juliet.
With a blend consisting of 19% Merlot, Berry Lane Vineyard, Coombsville and both 2% Cabernet Franc and 79% Cabernet Sauvignon from the Stag’s Ridge Vineyard on Atlas Peak. This wine was aged for 20 months in 50% new French Oak. Cellared correctly it should improve to drink well to 2024 and beyond.
Beau Vigne’s 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Juliet impresses for its layered, silky personality. Juicy red cherries, freshly cut flowers and mint all take shape in the glass. A generous helping of Merlot (19%) gives the Juliet much of its finesse and immediate appeal. Layers of cinnamon, mocha and vanillin are layered into the finish. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2018.
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