Quite complex on the nose with plenty of savory oak-derived spice but one also finds insinuations of herbs, fudge, espresso, and truffle notes embedded in dark, plummy fruit. This is crisp and seamless on entry, though a paradox of freshness and very ripe fruit flavors. The oak is well integrated, not nearly as prevalent as on the nose forming a backdrop for the dried plummy fruit that does see some red cherry, red currant shadings emerge with air. The tannins are well measured, adding a touch of volume yet remaining mostly discreet right through finish, which does show plenty of oak toast-derived nuances as well as red berry fruit leading to a touch of heat and sweetness on the finale. 91pts
Leafy and light at first, with slow-to-build aromas of earth, light toast, cocoa, and crushed berry fruit emerging with air along with a gamy mutton-like edge.Smooth with juicy acidity on entry, this is full of dark berry fruit wrapped up in Tootsie rolls and damp earth. The tannins are a bit drying and relatively abundant on the palate, adding a little dry nuttiness which also hints at some dried herbal notes along with dark plummy fruit that leads to a spicy, dry finish. There's a lot of wine here, I'm just not sure that the oak and tannins will ever come into balance. 91pts     

This is wide open on the nose with dark fruit topped with plenty of spicy oak notes and accents of vanilla and  eucalyptus. Broad and appealing on the palate, this shows some fairly dry tannins, but they don't detract from the bright red cherry, cranberry fruit of the mid palate. This does turn dark and powerful on the backend and through the moderately long finish, which shows a nice return of fresh red plum fruit. 91pts

Sweet tarragon-inflected aromas of raspberry coulis greet the nose along with allspice, hazelnut and cherry accents.  Very Stag's Leap in style with masses of sweet, red fruit in a smooth slightly low acid style that shows off very ripe, plush tannins. There's lovely cherry, red plum and dried cranberry flavors here that are nicely framed with coffee, cream and caramel notes from well judged oak. The texture is supple and smooth, nothing sticking out and nothing missing right through the moderately long red fruit, coffee, cream and caramel-tinged finish that ends with a touch of red hots.  91pts 

Vanilla, herbs, leather and cassis great the nose along with a light graham cracker framing note. This smells fairly ripe but with some freshness to the fruit. That ripeness shows on the palate as well with its slightly low acid and bold flavors, though that freshness is also at play here offering up lovely ripe tannins to support the herb and earth-tinged black fruit and slightly jammy plummy notes on the mid palate. The finish shows a bittersweet chocolate edge along with jammy blueberry and blackcurrant fruit, all ending with a dash of nutty oak. 91pts

Cocoa, coconut, mocha, and lovely herb notes come together on the nose here which also shows off some peppery spice and attractive blackcurrant and light peach aromas.This is smooth and a touch soft, with lower acidity than the basic Calistoga cuvée. The fruit is also a bit more intense, slightly chewy with blackcurrant flavors wrapped around toasty spice, a touch of mocha and some peppery notes. The finish shows off fairly big black fruit with a lingering nutty oak note. Rather smooth, this lacks some of the definition of the basic bottling, but does offer up both more complexity and richer fruit. 90pts

A little sweet but rather perfumed on the nose with fresh berry fruit, pencil shavings and a bright, fine herbaceous edge. On the palate, this is complex and deep, smooth and large-scaled, somehow big and powerful but in a relatively feminine way, with dusty tannins supporting tons of fruit. There's a subtle savory edge framing the fruit with just a suggestion of dried and candied herbs, a little minty, serving as a top note. The finish is a touch short, leaving this very front-heavy. 90pts
Gentle on the nose with an early meaty note, followed by a nice blend of balanced tarragon, wet clay, Middle Eastern spice, eucalyptus and spiced cherry aromas. Rather precise and focused on the palate with attractively fresh blackcurrant and black cherry fruit early on that are joined by a little wood spice and gentle earth notes on the mid palate. The finish is bright and juicy with stiff if fine grained tannins and a nice rush of wild raspberry fruit accenting red plummy fruit. There's a nice edge of tension to this wine, with fruit that is pleasantly ripe. 89pts