A nice minty, herbaceous edge greets the nose, adding freshness here to the slightly oaky and hard dark currant fruit. This smells unforgiving. Tight on entry, there's a good amount of fruit here, but this is not fleshy and plump but rather focused and crisp, medium weight with black cherry and currant fruit topped with a hint of mint and laid over a base of cedary oak. This seems to need some time in the bottle, not soft but neither oppressive for its a slightly fruit-driven classic Napa Valley Cabernet, though perhaps not representative of the typical warmth of Calistoga. The finish shows more of the oak, dry and nutty with lingering vanilla sweetness matched by the compressed cherry fruit and ending with a touch of smoke on the finale. Should benefit from 1-3 years in the cellar. 87pts
Smoky on the nose yet bright with fresh red currant and lightly jammy blackberry fruit, all cupped in a gently sweet vanilla note.  A touch rough around the edges, this shows some noticeable wood tannin in the mouth with good acidity adding some freshness to the dark cherry/blackberry flavors. There's also noticeable oak sweetening the palate and adding vanilla and spice notes that persist on the moderately long finish, which also shows some cherry pit notes and a touch of heat. 87pts
Hints of stem, smoke, brown sugar and mint accent the cool rut that's topped with savory and slightly medicinal, chocolate notes on the nose. This is soft and transparent and noticeably tannic in the mouth,  showing off good tension with a wide band of savory oak across the mid palate, and a dry tannic finish that is pretty long, if a touch flat, while showing off nice dry plum fruit. 87pts
A bit sweet and simple on the nose with intense vanilla, jammy cherry and sandalwood aromas.  This is round and smooth in the mouth, a bit on the low acid side and with only modest tannins making it “fruit forward” and there's plenty of fruit here, really quite raspberry-toned with notes of red cherry and blackberry thrown in for good measure. The finish is modest and clean with good freshness. Not complicated but easy to drink and well made. 85pts
At first oaky on the nose but air quickly brings out attractive blackcurrant and herb notes that help to lend the aromatics some balance here. Nice freshness and weight on entry carries through across the palate with some woody tannins and a touch of caramel and fudge topping the modest red berry fruit here. The finish is relatively bright and fresh, if short. Nothing out of place, but at the same time this is an awfully safe wine. 85pts