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Compared to the other three outstanding winners, Hartwell is a minnow. Bob Hartwell, a manufacturer from southern California, owns 8ha of Cabernet Sauvignon planted on granitic soils along the Silverado Trail in the Stags Leap District, usually the source of napa’s most elegant Cabernets. Since 1990 some of Napa’s most celebrated winemakers have worked here, and the encumbent is Benoît Touqette, who trained at Bordeaux University. The Cabernet, which is aged for 18 months in new barriques, has been consistently fine in its regular and reserve versions since the mid-1990s.
Romain Bourger ripe and jammy nose of dark fruit and oak tones. Concentrated palate with firm tannins bringing freshness and edges to the wine.
Stephen Brook Voluptuous black fruits nose, heady and hedonistic with stylish oak. rich, suave, concentrated, fresh and lively. Polished and elegant, with sweetness of fruit without jamminess. fine acidity gives excellent length and finesse.
Angela Mount Very opulent, polished style. Bags of class. Deep core of delicious dark berry fruit, with hints of bitter chocolate and eucalyptus. Power and concentration, but beautifully structured and textured fleshy, bold yet lovely elegance and a spectacular, sweet fruit finish.
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