Californian Cabernet 2010: panel tasting results
Skalli Elu St. Supéry Napa Valley
Decanter average score: 18.75pts/20 (95+/100pts)
Individual judges’ scores: Stephen Brook 18.5 Pierre Mansour 19 Angela Mount 18.75
Frenchman Robert Skalli began buying Napa property in 1982, and while his St-Supéry winery, founded in 1989, is better known for Sauvignon Blanc, its Cabernet Sauvignon-driven Elu blend was one of the wines to put forward the virtues of Bordeaux-inspired blending in Napa. Winemaker Michael Scholz, a native of South Australia’s Barossa Valley, tapped both the winery’s Rutherford plantings and the large Dollarhide property in warm Pope Valley for this wine. It’s 86% Cabernet plus Merlot, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc and Malbec. St-Supéry has become a well-known name in the US – a good counterpart to Skalli’s work in the Languedoc pioneering varietal wines.
Stephen Brook: Slightly cooked black fruit nose with a gentle savoury tone. Rich and suave, juicy, with fine concentration and depth of fruit. The tannins and acidity are beautifully integrated and give a long elegant finish.
Pierre Mansour: Expressive, cassis-driven nose with depth and lift. A discreet cedar tone and elegant structure to support the big, burly fruit. Powerful, long finish – an impressive style.
Angela Mount: Powerful and opulent, this is bursting with intense, sweet blueberry and ripe currant fruit with mint chocolate characters and a well-poised, stylish finish – gloriously elegant.
Price: £60 Laytons
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