"Concentrated ripe yellow plum, dried powdery white flowers, moist earth, tar and red cherry abound on the nose. The oak is well integrated showing cedar, toast and vanilla. Even in a moist vintage the 2011 Helms expresses its roots with dusty Rutherford tannins that balance and broaden the mid palate and finish. The wine builds seamlessly on the finish showing wonderful energy in this youthful cabernet. It should age comfortably for 10-15 years." —winemaker
"The nose abounds with black berry, dark red cherry, dry earth and dusty warm stones. Nice weight in the mid palate builds through layers of fruit, candied cherry, warm caramel and espresso. The Howell Mountain tannin profile is pronounced, yet well integrated and precise. This expression of Hershey should age effortlessly for 13-18 years and reward those who can hold on for longer." —winemaker
"Opaque and black. A wild cherry nose, just like its name. Very perfumed with a round and silky texture, this has a tannic edge to it, with mint and dark chocolate. Coffee and tobacco on the palate, the essence of pinot with long flavors and high-toned acidity. An acid extravaganza on the finish. Wow." —importer
"The 2011 Eleanor delivers rich, decadent flavors that are textural, aromatic and enduring. Aged for 2 years in barrel, the wine's tannins are integrated but still deliver a solid grip that's offset by a velvety palate and very pure fruit expressions. Enjoy a fragrant nose of cherries, blackberries, cloves and cedar followed by succulent flavors of raspberries and cassis. Spice and earth notes are prevalent with impressions of leather, minerals, pepper, and graphite underscoring a trace of floral. For immediate enjoyment decant several hours before serving, or cellar 3-5 years to experience this wine at its fullest." —winemaker
Blend: 36% Zinfandel, 15% Petit Verdot, 2% Cabernet Franc, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Petite Sirah
"The centerpiece of the portfolio, Gaja Barbaresco is a testament to the Gaja family's historic commitment to the appellation and its belief that Barbaresco stands proudly with the great growing regions of the world. The Gaja winery stopped sourcing fruit from other growers in 1961 in order to ensure the utmost quality in its wines. In all, Gaja Barbaresco is produced using grapes grown in 14 vineyards in the village of Barbaresco. Garnet in color, the nose is almost sensual in its complexity, with aromas of forest fruits, plums, licorice, mineral and coffee scents. Long, complex finish with fine, silk-like tannins and good acidity; dense structure, full of super-ripe fruit." —importer
"Angelo Gaja forever changed the world's notion of Piedmont wines when he released this historic wine for the first time in 1985 (with the 1982 vintage), made from Cabernet Sauvignon grapes planted in the township of Barbaresco. According to the often told legend, Angelo Gaja's father exclaimed 'darmagi!' upon learning that his son had planted Cabernet Sauvignon in vineyards previously devoted to Piedmont's traditional Nebbiolo grape. Akin to the French quel dommage, the Piedmontese expression darmagi means what a pity! or what a shame!. With his characteristic respect for tradition and those who came before him, the younger Gaja decided to call this wine Darmagi, a homage to his family's legacy with an eye toward the future.
"Today, fruit for this wine is sourced from 5 acres in Barbaresco, where growing conditions render structured expressions of Cabernet Sauvignon with impressive aging potential. This wine showed the international community that the terroir Piedmont could produce world-class wines using grapes other than those traditionally grown there. Today, this Cabernet Sauvignon is a favorite among the great collectors of the world.
"Intense, deep red color, almost black. On the nose, opulent layers of concentrated fruit. Excellent fruit with strong cassis flavors and impressive power on the palate carry through to the long finish with persistent soft tannins. Great aging potential." —importer