Kathryn and Craig Hall are making some of Napa Valley's best Cabernets in their state-of-the-art winery amid the legendary Sacrashe Vineyard in the hills of Rutherford. Get the new vintage before it sells out. 93 Points Jeb Dunnuck: "Made from 87% Cabernet Sauvignon and 13% Merlot, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon offers a deep purple/ruby color to go with terrific notes of blackcurrants, cedar, scorched earth and hints of gravelly minerality. It's medium to full-bodied, concentrated and structured, and at 55 bucks, you get one serious, age-worthy Napa Cabernet....One of the eye-opening tastings while working on this report was the lineup from Kathryn Hall’s estate located in St. Helena. There’s a wealth of wines here, yet they all have deep, concentrated, pure profiles as well as singular characters. You could pretty much randomly select from this lineup and be guaranteed to have a brilliant wine. Hats off to winemaker Steve Leveque." 93 Points Points Robert Parker: "TDeep garnet-purple colored, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon offers an earthy/savory nose with notes of fertile loam, tree bark and smoked meat over a cassis and black cherry core with touches of roses and menthol. The full-bodied palate delivers great expression and plenty of character, supported by chewy tannins and finishing on a savory note...Hall has quickly become one of the great superstars in the Napa Valley firmament." ...This is a thrilling set of wines from Hall. The estate favors a rich, extroverted style, yet all of these wines have distinct personalities and tons of sheer character. Meticulous viticulture followed by native yeast fermentations, slow, natural malos and minimal rackings are at the heart of the approach at Hall. The wines are aged in French oak (mostly Taransaud, 40-90% new) and are bottled with no fining or filtration. Readers who appreciate the more opulent side of Napa Valley will find much to admire here. Simply put, I was blown away by what I tasted."
Smoked raspberry, plum, tar, blackberry, blueberry, boysenberry, and currant. Lush & leathery, with ash throughout. Medium-plus tannin. Medium acidity.
Smoked raspberry, plum, tar, blackberry, blueberry, boysenberry, and currant. Lush & leathery, with ash throughout. Medium-plus tannin. Medium acidity.9.0
A light fruity cab. Delicious.
A light fruity cab. Delicious.9.5
Great flavor with a slightly bitter aftertaste.
Great flavor with a slightly bitter aftertaste.8.0
Nice surprise - past Hall wines have underwhelmed me but this 2015 is solid
Nice surprise - past Hall wines have underwhelmed me but this 2015 is solid9.2
Full body, dry, prominent tannins, long finish. Tobacco, coffee, and black cherries. Went well with a blue cheese crusted filet.
Full body, dry, prominent tannins, long finish. Tobacco, coffee, and black cherries. Went well with a blue cheese crusted filet.9.0
Good training for Jordan and Jocelyn.
Good training for Jordan and Jocelyn.9.0
3/19. Nice cab. Feel good to drink
3/19. Nice cab. Feel good to drink8.6
GREAT CAB! Received as a Christmas gift from friend/coworker.
GREAT CAB! Received as a Christmas gift from friend/coworker.9.3
A nice Cali Cab - huge. Has years to go and will progress beautifully. Lots of power and fruit - and brambleberries worth a hint of leather on the nose. Long finish.
A nice Cali Cab - huge. Has years to go and will progress beautifully. Lots of power and fruit - and brambleberries worth a hint of leather on the nose. Long finish.9.2