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Cabernet Sauvignon


Amici Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2010

94 points

Wine Enthusiast

Youthful, this wine is blended with small amounts of Malbec, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc. Together, they form a core of earthy cedar, clove and pencil shavings, with a bite of thick tannin taking on a leathery texture. Dark cherry, black currant and dark chocolate melt on the palate into a velvety whole.

94 points

Tasting Panel

Intensely dark ruby color and a richly spiced nose. Vivid and lush with notes of spice and blackberry punctuated by lovely texture and length.

93 points

James Suckling

There’s a depth and power to this Napa cabernet with blueberry, blackberry and currant character. Full body, racy tannins and a flavorful finish. Needs a year or two to soften. Drink in 2020.

93 points

Jeb Dunnuck

the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley is a broad, sexy, seamless effort that has lots of classic dark fruits and floral notes, medium to full body, light tannins, and rock star purity of fruit. As Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon goes, this is first class value that delivers true Cabernet flare. Drink it over the coming 8-10 years.

90 points

Wine Advocate

The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon is blended of 82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Malbec, 6% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot and 3% Cabernet Franc aged 18 months in 70% new French oak. It has a deep garnet-purple color and notes of warm cassis, freshly crushed black berries, wild blueberries and cedar chest with hints of pencil lead, new leather, Marmite toast and black olives. Medium to full-bodied, firm and chock-full of juicy black fruit, it has a great line of freshness and firm grainy tannins paving the finish.

92 points

James Suckling

A rich and layered cabernet with chocolate, currant and hints of spice. Full body, round and juicy. Very pretty and delicious. Linear. Show tension and brightness. Drink now or hold.

90 points

Wine Advocate

Blended of 83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Cabernet Franc, 6% Petit Verdot, 3% Malbec and 1% Merlot, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon has a medium to deep garnet-purple color and spicy nose of cloves, cardamom and Sichuan pepper over a core of cassis and menthol. Medium to full-bodied with a great core of expressive black fruit and spicy undertones, it delivers a velvety texture and good length.

92

James Suckling

The freshness to this is impressive with violets, stones, currants, and rose leaves. Medium to full body and firm and silky tannins. Very beautiful for the money. Drink of hold.

91 points

Wine Enthusiast

Juicy and fresh red fruit meets an herbal woody component in this wine—a nod to its inclusion of 12% Cabernet Franc. Firm, integrated tannins support the full-bodied frame of approachable richness and plush texture, working toward a seamless whole.

92

Wine Enthusiast

This is a big, lush, juicy wine with grip and a fully-formed body, accented with smaller amounts of Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot. A great deal for the quality, it’s well made and deeply satisfying in highlights of coffee, cedar, mocha and blackberry, girded by a firm structure.

89

Wine Spectator

A well-built, rich and complex version, reminiscent of old-style Napa Cabernets in a positive way. Tight, structured, rich in flavor, and long and clean on the finish. Drink now through 2024.

91 points

Wine Enthusiast

Relatively affordable for its appellation and variety, this wine offers classic notes of cassis, currant and clove, punctuated by eccentric bursts of gun powder and espresso. The devilish characteristics are complemented by a smooth, silkiness to the texture and a measured finish of black pepper.

90 points

Wine Spectator

Delivers a core of ripe blackberry and wild berry flavors, supported by lively acidity and firm tannins. Ends with a persistent fruit- and cedar-driven. Drink now through 2026.

90 points

Wine Advocate

The deep ruby/plum/purple-tinged 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa offers notes of cassis, blueberries, graphite and toasty vanillin. A nicely proportioned, medium to full-bodied, seriously endowed, elegant, restrained wine with admirable purity, it can be drunk now or cellared for 10-15 years.

Amici Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve Napa Valley

  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012

96 points

Jeb Dunnuck

The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve is another deep, rich, powerful wine from this estate that has lots of gravelly minerality and dark chocolate notes as well as terrific cassis and blackberry fruits. About as classic as they come, it’s a smoking value and certainly competes with the single vineyards, which are more than twice the price. Want a great Napa Cabernet Sauvignon for under 100 dollars? Buy this.

95 points

International Wine Report

The 2016 Amici ‘Reserve’ Cabernet is big, bold and utterly delicious. This begins with profound characteristics of ripe blackberries and black cherries, which come together with pencil lead, espresso, fresh-tilled loam, chocolate, sweet spices and roasted savory herbs all bursting from the glass. On the palate this does not hold back, offering a rich, full-bodied texture, with wonderful opulence and deep layers of ripe dark fruits that expand seamlessly through the wine. Displaying incredible depth and concentration, this majestic Cabernet continues to impress as it comes to an end with a long, mouth coating finish that goes on and on.

94 points

James Suckling

Aromas of blueberries and blackberries with hints of flowers and oyster shell. Medium to full body and firm, silky tannins that are polished and very pretty. Tight and focused. Lovely finish. Try in 2019.

94 points

Wine Advocate

The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve is a blend of 82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Malbec, 6% Petit Verdot and 1% Cabernet Franc aged 22 months in 100% new French oak… Very deep purple-black in color, it offers beautiful crème de cassis, preserved plums, Black Forest cake and camphor with hints of chocolate box, aniseed and lavender plus a waft of pencil shavings. Full, firm and taut, it is packed with layered, crunchy black fruits, finishing long and structured.

93+ points

Vinous

Amici’s 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve is gorgeous and also the hidden gem in this range of mostly vineyard-designates. Deep, ample and explosive, the Reserve packs a real punch. Dark red cherry, tobacco, scorched earth, lavender, raspberry jam and crème de cassis all develop in the glass. Today. the 2016 comes across as still in need of a few more years in bottle to be at its very best, but it is undoubtedly very fine.

94 points

Wine Enthusiast

This wine is impressively blended with 10% Cabernet Franc, showing a wealth of dusty plum, clove and cinnamon character up front and throughout. The fruit is predominantly from mountain vineyards. Soft, integrated texture shows its integration with the French oak, which supports instead of distracts.

93 points

James Suckling

This is tight and very firm and showing beautiful fruit. Full body, silky and reserved. Tension. Focused. All here. An excellent wine. Drink or hold.

92 points

Wine Advocate

Composed of 90% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Cabernet Franc aged for 22 months in 100% new French oak, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve sports a medium to deep garnet-purple color and nose of crème de cassis and blueberry preserves with an undercurrent of cedar, roses, bay leaves and fragrant earth. Medium to full-bodied with a soft, plush texture and loads of herbal and spice accents to the black and blue fruit flavors, it has a long, earthy finish.

90 points

Jeb Dunnuck

Moving to the reserves, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Reserve offers more depth and richness, with lots of plum, currants, candied violets and exotic flower aroma and flavors. There’s a subtle forest floor note as well, and this medium to full-bodied effort has ripe tannin, beautiful purity and fine, fine tannin.

90 points

Vinous

Black cherry, plum, lavender and violet are some of the notes that infuse the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve. With its soft contours and plush fruit, the Reserve is another succulent Cabernet that will drink well with minimal cellaring. I am not sure where the Reserve fits in exactly within the Amici lineup, but it is undeniably quite attractive.

93 points

James Suckling

This is very structured and lifted with lovely aromas of flowers, dark berries and chocolate. Full body and firm and velvety tannins. Delicious on the finish. Just a hint of dryness keeps it all exciting. Drink or hold.

91 points

Wine Advocate

As for the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve, this is a textbook Napa Cabernet Sauvignon with an opaque ruby/purple color, notes of pen ink, lead pencil shavings, underbrush, blackcurrants, tobacco leaf, subtle background spice and oak. It is medium to full-bodied and offers low acidity and velvety tannin. Drink it over the next 12-15 years.

93 points

Wine Advocate

The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve sports a black label and has more concentration and richness. This is well-balanced with sweet, well-integrated tannins, loads of crème de cassis, full-bodied and an approachability that gives it drinkability now as well as over the next 15-20 years.

93 points

James Suckling

A bright and aromatic red with mint, dark blueberry, and flower. Full body, firm and silky tannins; very tight and refined. A beautiful and approachable wine now but will certainly improve with age. Consistently excellent. Better in 2018.

91 points

Wine Enthusiast

This well-made wine opens in earthy compost and black licorice before unwinding a topknot of grippy tannin. Even with its power and concentration, it offers velvety mouthfeel and an expansive wave of juicy, robust acidity, particularly on the finish, making good use of smaller additions of Cab Franc, Petit Verdot, Malbec and Merlot.

92 points

James Suckling

A fleshy and velvety red with lots of blackberry, black currant and light dark chocolate aromas and flavors. Full body, flavorful. A “more-ish” young cabernet. Drink now.

90 points

Wine Enthusiast

Floral and lush, this majority Cabernet Sauvignon contains 10% Merlot and 6% Petit Verdot, combining for a structured, layered wine accented in black cherry, cedar and dried herb. From vineyards strewn across the Napa Valley, including mountainside sites, it offers power and finesse and should sit well in cellar through 2022.

90 points

Wine Advocate

The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve ratchets up the level of fruit, extract, power and depth. This outstanding wine exhibits notes of blackcurrants, blackberries, blueberries and flowers, sweet tannin nicely framed by subtle oak, medium to full body, and a rich, authoritative personality. It should drink reasonably well young and age nicely for 12-15+ years.

Amici Morisoli Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2010

97 points

James Suckling

Aromas of lavender, blackberries and blueberries follow through to a full body, with tight and velvety tannins that are polished and tight. Lovely finish. Needs two or three years to come together. Try in 2021.

96 points

Jeb Dunnuck

From a vineyard right next to the J.J. Cohn estate (where Scarecrow comes from), the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Morisoli Vineyard is a rounded, layered, incredibly classy effort. Textbook notes of black raspberry and cassis fruits intermixed with plenty of tobacco, lavender, and spice all emerge from this medium to full-bodied, moderately structured, incredibly charming 2016 that can be drunk today or cellared for 10-15 years.

96

International Wine Report

The 2016 Morisoli Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon is an absolutely fantastic showing from Amici in this vintage. As this sensational Cabernet unwinds in the glass it begins to slowly release seductive and complex aromatics of ripe dark berries and cassis, which come together with pencil shavings, peppery spices, chocolate, violets and wild herbs all taking shape. On the palate this is full-bodied and beautifully structured, with big, yet nicely polished tannins which frame the ripe core of dark fruits, spring florals and spice flavors that resonate throughout. Displaying remarkable depth and concentration, this stunning Cabernet goes on to thoroughly impress as it comes to an end with an incredible long, supple finish that envelops the palate and lingers on effortlessly. While this is nothing short of spectacular today, the Morisoli Cabernet will also absolutely thrive in the cellar as it evolves gracefully for many years to come.

95+ points

Vinous

The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Morisoli Vineyard is a dark, sensual beauty. Mocha, new leather, smoke and plum all add shades of nuance. Powerful and resonant in the glass, the 2016 has quite a bit to offer. Of all of these wines, the Morisoli appears to be the most affected by its recent bottling. That should not be an issue in a few years, when the 2016 starts to enter the early part of its drinking window.

95 points

Wine Advocate

One-hundred percent Cabernet Sauvignon aged 22 months in 100% new French oak, the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Morisolli is very deep purple-black in color and opens with very serious notes of blackcurrant cordial, plum preserves, baked cherries and blackberry compote with hints of dried Provence herbs, tobacco leaf and black pepper plus a waft of cedar chest. Big, rich, full and solidly structured with super ripe, grainy tannins and great freshness, it finishes long with a menthol lift.

96+ points

Jeb Dunnuck

The 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Morisoli Vineyard comes from a site just beside Scarecrow, in the Rutherford region of Napa. Its deep ruby/plum color is followed by a classic, rich, concentrated Cabernet that has textbook notes of currants, tobacco leaf, crushed rocks/damp earth and white chocolate. Concentrated, black, inky and mineral-laced, it’s a seriously concentrated, backward effort that needs short-term cellaring, but is certainly impressive.

96 points

James Suckling

This has lots of cherry and seaweed character and some bark. Full and very dense and layered. A juicy and fruity finish. Tastes like excellent vintages of Scarecrow. So delicious now.

94 points

Wine Advocate

Produced from 100% Cabernet Sauvignon aged for 22 months in 100% new French oak, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Morisoli offers up a deep garnet-purple color and nose of crushed black cherries and blueberries with touches of cigar box, mocha and chocolate mint. Rich, full-bodied and decadently fruited, the generous black berry flavors are well framed by firm, grainy tannins and a lively backbone, finishing with lingering coffee bean and minty suggestions.

93 points

Vinous

The 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Morisoli is laced with super-ripe black cherry, blueberry jam, lavender, mint and spice. Sumptuous and forward, with notable breadth, the 2015 also offers a good bit of freshness within the context of the year. A dash of new oak is evident, but not at all intrusive.

96 points

James Suckling

This shows such finesse and balance. Full body and soft and silky tannins. Dusty texture and a gorgeous finish. Seamless mouthfeel. Drink or hold.

93 points

Wine Advocate

From the famous Morisoli Vineyard in Rutherford, the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Morisoli Vineyard comes from this well-respected site close to the iconic Scarecrow Vineyard. Extremely well-crafted, this intense purple-colored wine offers notes of creosote, graphite, black cherry and blackcurrant fruit, cedar wood and a touch of vanillin in a full-bodied, opulently fleshy style. This sexy wine should be drunk over the next 15-20 years.

96 points

James Suckling

This is so refined and elegant with beautiful plum, walnut, chocolate and cream aromas and flavors. Full to medium body, firm and velvety. Long and flavorful finish. Softness. All in finesse. October release. Better in 2020 but so delicious now.

91 points

Wine Enthusiast

This richly dense and full-bodied wine from a famous site offers grippy tannin and toasted oak, complementing spicy fruit highlights of dark cherry accented with vanilla.

90+ points

Wine Advocate

From the famous Morisoli Vineyard in Rutherford, the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Morisoli Vineyard has a distinctive earthiness, loamy soil undertones with blackberry and cassis fruit with a touch of flowers. The tannins are more elevated and pronounced in this than the Reserve. Give it five years of bottle age and drink over the following 20 years.

93 points

James Suckling

I like the blueberry, lilac, violet and nut aromas to this. Full-bodied, tight and reserved with fine tannins and a silky finish. Very delicious. Better in 2019.

92 points

Wine Enthusiast

A whiff of yeasty baked bread opens the bouquet of this 100% varietal wine that’s plenty juicy and drinkable right now. Plum surrounds integrated tannins and a powerful midpalate, suggesting an ability to age. The finish is all about mocha. Cellar through 2022.

91 points

Wine Advocate

Amici produces three single vineyard Cabernet Sauvignons. From Rutherford, the dense ruby/purple-colored 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Morisoli Vineyard possesses attractive notes of blueberries, raspberries and loamy soil, a striking elegance (very Margaux-like), a medium to full-bodied mouthfeel and impressive purity as well as texture. It should drink well for 10-15 years.

90 points

Wine Spectator

Dense and extracted, with chewy tannins wrapped around a core of dried dark berry, tobacco, dusty herb and cedar. Quite tannic, so you’ll end up chewing your way through the finish. Best from 2014 through 2024.

93 points

Wine Advocate

The dense ruby/purple-colored 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Morisoli from Rutherford boasts a stunning perfume of blueberries, black raspberries, acacia flowers and spice. This rich, layered 2010 is the most complete and impressive wine of this quartet. Still youthful, it will benefit from several more years of bottle age, and should drink well for two decades. Impressive!

Amici Spring Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon

  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2010

96 points

James Suckling

This is very deep and dark-fruited with depth and power. So much blackberry, menthol and currant-bush character. Full body. Flavorful finish. Reminds me of great Napa cabs from the 1970s. Try in 2021.

96 points

Vinous

The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Spring Mountain District is without question the most finessed and nuanced wine in the range. Today, it is exquisitely beautiful. Dark, sensual and layered, the Spring Mountain Cabernet also has a level of freshness that keeps the wine vibrant and also distinguishes it from the other Amici Cabernets.

95 points

Jeb Dunnuck

The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Spring Mountain is a classic Spring Mountain wine that needs 4-5 years of bottle age. Cassis, black raspberry, and blueberry fruit notes all give way to more mountainous herbs, bay leaf, and cedar and lead pencil notions with time in the glass. Full-bodied, beautifully concentrated, and tight, this is a serious wine.

95 points

Wine Advocate

Pure Cabernet Sauvignon aged for 22 months in 100% new French oak, the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Spring Mountain District is very deep purple-black in color and gives up notes of red and black currants, crushed blackberries, fresh blueberries and plums with hints of chargrill, asphalt, tobacco and oolong tea. The palate is full-bodied and completely laden with opulent black fruits, supported by firm, grainy tannins and finishing with fantastic freshness.

98 points

Jeb Dunnuck

I think the finest release here is the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Spring Mountain District and it’s up with the crème de la crème in the valley. Loaded with notions of blueberries, dark chocolate, lead pencil, violets and a gravely, earthy minerality, this beauty hits the palate with full-bodied richness, thrilling purity of fruit, and building tannin. It’s sensational juice that will benefit from short-term cellaring and keep for 2+ decades.

97 points

Wine Advocate

Composed of 100% Cabernet Sauvignon aged for 22 months in 100% new French oak, the deep garnet-purple colored 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Spring Mountain District is fragrantly perfumed of red roses, violets and dried leaves with a core of cassis, black plums, Ceylon tea and unsmoked cigars. The muscular, medium to full-bodied palate is densely packed with tight-knit, youthful black fruit and savory layers, sporting a fine-grained backbone and finishing long and perfumed.

95 points

James Suckling

Aromas of raspberries, currants and pine needles. Full body, firm and silky tannins and a long, flavorful finish. Chewy yet intense and beautiful. Give it three or four years to soften.

92 points

Vinous

The 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Spring Mountain District is the most tannic and reticent of these wines. There is a good bit of intensity and depth, but very little vintage 2015 sexiness, at least today. It will be interesting to see how the 2015 develops over the coming years. Despite its stubbornness, the 2015 appears to offer a good bit of potential.

95 points

James Suckling

Aromas of currants, flowers and blackberries. Walnut undertones. Full body and chewy tannins. Love the chocolate and berry aftertaste. Needs time to soften. Better in 2020.

94 points

Wine Advocate

From their source on Spring Mountain they are getting some great Cabernet fruit, as evidenced by the following two vintages. The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Spring Mountain has beautiful black raspberry and blueberry fruit, and hints of licorice, tobacco leaf and underbrush. It is ripe, textured, full-bodied, pure and deep. Drink it over the next 12-15 years.

96 points

James Suckling

A dense and powerful red with amazing depth of fruit and chewy tannins, yet savory and beautiful. Full body, spice, walnuts and plum. Sage too. Superb. Classic Napa cabernet. October release. Better in 2019.

91 points

Wine Advocate

The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Spring Mountain District shows beautiful blueberry and blackberry fruit, good sweet purity, flowers, earth and spice. It’s dense, but retains an overall elegant personality. This wine will hit its prime in another 4-6 years and evolve over 20-25.

90 points

Wine Enthusiast

Leathery, thick and densely concentrated, this wine has a depth of black currant, plum and wild raspberry balanced against a richer component of chocolate and black pepper.

93 points

James Suckling

A firm and chewy red with stone, pomace, hazelnut and light plum character. Full-bodied yet agile and fresh. Give it a year or two to soften, but I like the muscular and lightly austere profile.

91 points

Wine Enthusiast

Sanguine in cranberry and strawberry, this robust wine holds back on the tannin and oak, weaving their stronger tendencies into waves of bittersweet chocolate and black tea. Medium to full-bodied, it’s both classic and flush with ripe California fruit.

91 points

Wine Advocate

This wine offers up copious aromas of black raspberries, blackcurrants and spring flowers along with that fresh mountain vigor that comes from high elevation Cabernet Sauvignon. Medium to full-bodied with impressive purity, well-integrated oak, and a long, textured, elegant finish. it contradicts consumers who say Napa can’t make finesse wines as this is quintessentially elegant. Enjoy it over the next 12-15 years.

91 points

Wine Spectator

Ripe to the point of becoming candied, this is firm, rich and layered, with plum jam, cherry, anise and cedar notes. Fans out on the finish, where the flavors are expansive, deep and persistent. Drink now through 2024.

Amici Oakville Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon

  • 2016
  • 2012

97 points

Wine Advocate

Composed of 100% Cabernet Sauvignon aged 22 months in 100% new French oak, the very deep purple-black colored 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville Ranch Vineyard comes charging from the glass with vibrant chocolate-covered cherries, crushed blackcurrants, blackberry pie and Chinese five spice with hints of wild sage, garrigue and unsmoked cigars. The palate is big, rich and full with a firm, grainy frame and oodles of freshness, finishing long on a provocative mineral/iron ore note.

96 points

Jeb Dunnuck

The deep, rich, and concentrated 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville Ranch is full-bodied yet light on its feet, with good acidity and moderate yet fine, sweet tannins. Giving up notes of blackberries, currants, chocolate, and tobacco leaf, drink this layered 2016 Cabernet over the coming two decades. This cuvée comes from an incredibly rocky site in the Oakville AVA.

95 points

Vinous

An addition in this range, the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville Ranch captures the essence of what makes this rugged hillside site so compelling, specifically the interplay of exotic ripeness and bright acids. Succulent red cherry, rose petal, mint and sweet spice all infuse this vibrant, strikingly beautiful Cabernet.

94 points

James Suckling

This is very silky and polished with such length and texture. I am so in love with the mouthfeel. Full-bodied, integrated and tight. It really takes off at the finish. A great new wine. Don’t miss this. Try in 2022.

93 points

James Suckling

A full and structured cabernet with currants, hazelnut and chocolate aromas and flavors. Full body, firm tannins and flavorful finish. Drink or hold.

92 points

Wine Enthusiast

From the heart of Oakville, this 100% varietal wine is luxurious, silky and velvety on the palate, a masterful study of texture. Lengthy and balanced, despite its powerful fruit, it suggests dark plum and cassis, with just a tiny note of cherry, the tannins refined and chalky. Cellar through 2022.

92 points

Wine Advocate

The biggest of Amici’s 2012 Cabernet Sauvignons is, not surprisingly, from Oakville. The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville boasts a dense ruby/purple color as well as a beautiful perfume of Christmas fruitcake, crème de cassis, graphite and spice. Full-bodied, opulent and pure, only four barrels (100 cases) were produced. It should drink well for a minimum of 15 years.

Amici Missouri Hopper Cabernet Sauvignon

  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013

99 points

Jeb Dunnuck

Just about perfection in a glass, the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Missouri Hopper Vineyard is another straight-up fabulous Cabernet Sauvignon from this great, great vintage. From a valley floor site just south of To Kalon, it offers La Mission Haut Brion-like notes of tobacco, lead pencil, and cold fireplace as well as sensational cassis fruit, full body, building tannins, and a deep, layered, sexy texture that needs to be tasted to be believed. It has the purity and elegance that make 2016 special yet also offers density, depth, and opulence. Don’t miss it!

97 points

Vinous

The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Missouri Hopper is a total stunner. Explosive and sumptuous, the Missouri Hopper has so much going on. Dark cherry, plum, mocha, chocolate, leather and earthy notes all run through this vivid, deeply expressive Cabernet. All the elements are simply in the right place in a gorgeous, resonant Cabernet Sauvignon that is positively singing today.

96+ points

Wine Advocate

Pure Cabernet Sauvignon aged 22 months in 100% new French oak, the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Missouri Hopper Vineyard is deep garnet- purple colored and scented of crushed blackcurrants, black cherries, scorched earth and tar with nuances of wild thyme, violets, beef drippings and cigar box. The palate is full-bodied, firm, grainy and fresh with tons of youthful black fruit and earthy layers, finishing with a compelling herbal lift.

96 points

James Suckling

A big and very rich red with so much fruit and intensity. Plums and blueberries. Dried dirt. Full body and chewy, polished tannins. Muscular and flexing. Needs two or three years to soften. Better in 2020.

96 points

Jeb Dunnuck

From a cooler site in Oakville, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Missouri Hopper Vineyard offers a huge, sweet, straight up gorgeous bouquet of crème de cassis, caramelized black cherries, lead pencil, spring flowers and white chocolate. Rich, opulent and concentrated on the palate, yet also elegant and seamless, it has fine, fine tannin, the purity and freshness of the vintage, and a great finish. Give bottles a few years and enjoy over the following two decades.

95 points

Wine Advocate

Very deep purple-black colored, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Missouri Hopper Vineyard delivers intense cassis and wild blueberries with touches of garrigue, Provence herbs and chocolate box, plus a waft of cloves. Medium to full-bodied, rich, opulent and very spicy in the mouth, it features velvety tannins and just enough freshness, finishing long and earthy.

94 points

Vinous

Powerful and imposing, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer- Missouri Hopper captures the essence of this famed Rutherford site. Dark cherry, spice, cured meats, menthol, new leather, bittersweet chocolate and a typical note of Rutherford dust run through this dense, imposing Cabernet Sauvignon. Winemaker Tony Biagi squeezed every ounce of potential out of this fruit. This is a gorgeous wine from Amici.

94 points

James Suckling

Lots of cherry notes with a sweet and sour undertone. Full body, juicy and intense. Seaweed character. Tangy and delicious. Needs a year or two to come together.

96 points

James Suckling

There’s a tight and linear fruit/tannin balance to this. Medium to full body, firm and silky tannins and a long and flavorful finish. Even so, this is always agile and long. Better in 2019.

92 points

Wine Advocate

From the Beckstoffer Missouri Hopper Vineyard in Oakville, Amici has turned out two gorgeous wines. The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Missouri Hopper Vineyard has loads of chocolaty cassis fruit, underlying forest floor, loamy soil notes, medium to full body, light tannin, low acidity and a plush, well-textured, pure finish. Drink it over the next 15+ years.

94 points

James Suckling

This is very firm and chewy with a lots of blue fruit and almond aromas and flavors. Dark chocolate. Full and very rich. Powerful tannins and backbone. Needs time to soften. Big glass of wine.

93 points

Wine Advocate

The last of the 2013s from Amici is the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Missouri Hopper. This outstanding source for Cabernet Sauvignon in Oakville has turned out a wine with a dense ruby/purple color, plenty of earth, charcoal, black berry and cassis in a rather classic set of aromatics. Complete, rich and full this wine should drink beautifully for the next 20 years.

90 points

Wine Enthusiast

This richly dense and full-bodied wine from a famous site offers grippy tannin and toasted oak, complementing spicy fruit highlights of dark cherry accented with vanilla.

Amici To Kalon Cabernet Sauvignon

  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014

98 points

James Suckling

This is very tight and powerful with a cylinder of gorgeous fruit with blackberry, blueberry, terracotta, and currants. Full body, firm and silky tannins. Incredible finish. Love the finish. Try in 2022.

97 points

Wine Advocate

A blend of 88% Cabernet Sauvignon and 12% Cabernet Franc aged 22 months in 100% new French oak, the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer To Kalon is very deep purple-black in color and has a nose of seductive crème de cassis, baked black cherries, dried mulberries and blueberry compote with touches of tapenade, Indian spices, sandalwood and potpourri plus a hint of tea. The palate is full, rich, velvety and spicy with layers of savory and spice flavors, finishing long and complex.

96 points

Jeb Dunnuck

The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard is an elegant wine from this vineyard, which normally produces powerful, exotic wines. Pure crème de cassis, spring flowers, caramelized cherries, and white flower notes all flow to a full-bodied effort that has silky tannins, a polished texture, no hard edges, and a great finish. It’s another perfectly balanced wine from Tony Biagi that can be drunk any time over the coming 15-20 years.

96 points

Vinous

The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon To Kalon Vineyard is another gorgeous wine in this range. Dark, sensual and inviting, the 2016 will tempt readers with its alluring personality. Crème de cassis, mocha, new leather and chocolate are some of the many notes that are amped up. Plush fruit, silky tannins and expressive aromatics add to the wine’s sheer appeal. This is such a gorgeous wine.

97 points

Jeb Dunnuck

From one of the finest vineyards on the valley floor, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley To Kalon Vineyard is a smoking good wine, and an incredible example of this site and vintage. Black cherries, candied violets, damp earth and hints of incense all flow from this gorgeous, sexy, opulent beauty that has fine tannin, the gorgeous complexity of the vintage, fine tannin and a great, great finish. This blockbuster can be enjoyed anytime over the coming two decades.

96+

Wine Advocate

Composed of 88% Cabernet Sauvignon and 12% Cabernet Franc, aged for 22 months in 100% new French oak, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon To Kalon gives a very deep garnet-purple color and wonderfully showy, flamboyant nose of crème de cassis, blackberry tart and black forest cake with underlying suggestions of Indian spices and incense. The densely packed, medium to full-bodied palate fills the mouth with black fruit preserves and exotic spices, supported by firm, grainy tannins and great freshness, finishing long.

95 points

James Suckling

This shows the To Kolan character of chili and intense strawberry. Tile, too. Full body, silky tannins and a flavorful finish. Firm and fresh. Drink in 2020.

95 points

Wine Enthusiast

Tar, leather and coffee flavors ride along a velvety body of integrated and richly woven texture in this beautiful wine, blended to great floral and herbal effect, with 12% Cabernet Franc. Black licorice, black cherry and firm tannins make for a stellar and seamless experience dripping in lasting richness.

93 points

Vinous

The 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon To Kalon Vineyard is an attractive wine, but it is also quite delicate within the context of this famed Oakville site. The wine’s balance and harmony are beyond reproach, but I found myself looking for and wanting more To Kalon character. After all, isn’t that the point of vineyard designate Cabernets?

97 points

James Suckling

This is really exotic with dark berries, peaches, star anise and nutmeg. Aromatic. Currants, too. Full body and firm and silky, very fine tannins. This is a very reserved and refined To Kolan. Find it. Drink or hold.


Cabernet Franc


Amici Cabernet Franc

  • 2014
  • 2013

92 points

James Suckling

This is polished and tight with attractive fruit and pretty floral character. Full body and flavors of dark berries and hints of stones. Drink or hold.

94 points

James Suckling

This is a tiny production red with great tannin structure and mouthfeel. Full and chewy yet has pretty blueberry and stone. Old vines develop intensity. Drink or hold.

90 points

Wine Enthusiast

A dose of 20% Cabernet Sauvignon supports this full-bodied, generous wine, perfumed in anise and black cherry. Inviting, it’s also grippy with good length and quite ripe, balanced between fruity, spicy and herbal, with a shock of black pepper on the finish.


Pinot Noir


Amici Pinot Noir Russian River Valley

  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012

92 points

Jeb Dunnuck

Moving to the reds, the 2017 Pinot Noir Russian River Valley comes from multiple clones and was mostly destemmed. Aged in 35% new French oak, it offers outstanding strawberry and earthy cherry fruits as well as plenty of forest floor, smoky oak and violets. With medium-bodied richness and terrific elegance, drink it over the coming 4-6 years.

92 points

James Suckling

A flamboyant pinot noir with dried strawberries and dried flowers. Full body. Tight and toned tannins buttress the ripe fruit. Flavorful finish. Drink now or hold.

92 points

Wine Advocate

Fermented for 11 months in 35% new French oak,the 2017 Pinot Noir Russian River Valley (already bottled) is medium ruby-purple colored and has a lovely black cherries, black raspberries and baking spices nose with black pepper, dried herbs and underbrush. The palate is medium to full-bodied, with plush texture and great fruitiness supporting the vibrant red and black cherries flavors, finishing long.

90 points

Wine Enthusiast

A sinewy strong tannin structure wraps around earthy black tea, black cherry and forest, the medium-bodied wine showing a strong sense of savory character and complexity.

92 points

Jeb Dunnuck

The 2016 Pinot Noir Russian River Valley is beautiful, with a fresh, lively, floral style. Black cherry, red plum, spice and spring flowers all emerge from this medium to full-bodied, impressively textured, silky beauty. It’s already beautiful but will keep for a decade.

92 points

James Suckling

A juicy and straight up Russian River red with dried berry and chocolate character. Full and layered. Delicious finish. What you expect. Drink now

93 points

James Suckling

This is a rich and flavorful pinot with lots of strawberry, smoke and spice character. Full body. Very fresh. Elegant for the vintage. Drink now

90 points

Jeb Dunnuck

Starting out the upper tier bottling, the 2015 Pinot Noir Russian River Valley offers plenty of black cherry and forest floor, with classic Pinot Noir elegance and purity. It has impressive purity, a silky, fine texture, and a good finish.

92 points

James Suckling

Plenty of dark fruit character with hints of dried leafs and dark tea. Full body, chewy and lightly gritty tannins. This shows tension and focus. Drink now or age.

90

Wine Enthusiast

This balanced wine manages to retain some heft on the palate. A triple threat of ripe berry, cinnamon and forested notes combine effortlessly around a core of vibrant acidity. Medium bodied and lengthy on the finish, it needs to open to reveal its charms.

92 points

Wine Enthusiast

Earthy, tart cherry and strawberry paint a pretty picture in this aromatic, inviting wine, a bold, fruity offering accented by luscious streaks of herb. Well-integrated and composed, dustings of cocoa and cola spice build steam on the finish, the overall package just lightly oaked.

Amici Pinot Noir Reserve Russian River Valley

  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013

93+ points

Wine Advocate

Aged 11 months in 40% new French oak, the 2017 Pinot Noir Russian River Valley Reserve (already bottled) is medium to deep ruby-purple colored, with redcurrants, cranberry jelly, pomegranate and black raspberries notes with touches of cardamom and menthol plus a waft of forest floor. The palate is medium to full-bodied, with a firm, tight-knit frame of fine-grained tannins, finishing long and refreshing.

93 points

James Suckling

This is very tight and beautiful with dark-berry, strawberry and lemon-peel aromas and flavors. Full-bodied, refined and structured. A good amount of whole cluster fermentation. Drink or hold.

91 points

Jeb Dunnuck

The 2016 Pinot Noir Russian River Valley Reserve offers more lifted, higher toned notes as well as some herbal, earthy, forest floor notes. With lots of strawberry and black raspberry fruit, medium body, and juicy acidity, it’s an outstanding effort that will drink well for 4-6 years as well. I prefer the base Russian River Valley Pinot Noir.

91 points

Wine Advocate

Aged for 13 months in 100% new French oak, the 2016 Pinot Noir Russian River Valley Reserve has a medium ruby-purple color and gives up notions of wild strawberries, warm cranberries and Black Forest cake with touches of cinnamon stick. Medium to full-bodied, it has a firm frame with plenty of perfumed flavors and a good long finish.

91 points

Wine Spectator

Steely and tensile, with slate and spice accents to the dried red fruit flavors. Notes of forest floor emerge on the well-sculpted and firmly tannic finish. Drink now through 2023.

91 points

James Suckling

A dense and rich red with berry, chocolate and spice character. Full and powerful. Dense and chewy. A big and bold wine. What you expect.

93 points

Wine Enthusiast

Spicy acidity wraps around a lengthy and intense experience of full-bodied concentration and power in this well-made wine. Forest pine, red cherry and vanilla combine effortlessly to provide a robust flavor profile that’s memorable and rich.

92 points

James Suckling

I love the softness and beauty of the wine with strawberry, hints of walnut and freshness. Medium to full body, soft and silky tannins. Drink now or hold.

90 points

Wine Enthusiast

This is a rich yet soft and perfumed reserve-tier wine. It offers an explosion of dense black fruit, oak and tannin atop a singular foundation of clove and cinnamon-cola spiciness. Full bodied, it’s youthful and not quite approachable, finishing in a muddle of cranberry crispness on the finish.

Amici Pinot Noir Hyde Vineyard

  • 2016

94 points

James Suckling

This is a complex and enticing pinot with strawberry, meat, foie-gras and leather undertones on the nose. Full body, round and silky tannins and a pretty finish. A decadent and pretty young wine. Drink or hold. Limited production.

94 points

Jeb Dunnuck

This is a complex and enticing pinot with strawberry, meat, foie-gras and leather undertones on the nose. Full body, round and silky tannins and a pretty finish. A decadent and pretty young wine. Drink or hold. Limited production.

92+ points

Wine Advocate

Aged in 35% new French oak for 13 months, the 2016 Pinot Noir Hyde Vineyard is medium to deep ruby-purple colored and gives up opulent notes of cinnamon stick, cloves, oolong tea and Sichuan pepper over a core of kirsch, black raspberries and black cherry tart. The palate is medium to full-bodied, with firm, fine-grained tannins and lovely freshness, finishing long and mineral tinged.


Chardonnay


Amici Chardonnay Sonoma Coast

  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014

90 points

Wine Advocate

Aged in 40% new French oak and already bottled, the 2017 Chardonnay Sonoma Coast has lovely honeyed peaches, apple pie and orange blossom with honeycomb and lemon drops plus croissant nuances. The palate is medium-bodied and very fresh, with a satiny texture and a long, fruity finish.

91 points

James Suckling

A layered and flavorful chardonnay with lots of cooked apple and hints of lemon rind. Full body, hints of vanilla and green apple yet its full malo. Some lime undertones. Drink now.

91 points

Jeb Dunnuck

The 2016 Chardonnay Sonoma Coast is an elegant, crisp white from Tony Biagi that has terrific notes of white flowers, pineapple cream, and lime. With both richness and freshness, drink this smoking value over the coming 2-4 years.

90 points

Wine Advocate

“The 2016 Chardonnay Sonoma Coast (aged in 40% new French oak) features ripe melon, guava, and Golden Delicious apple notes with touches of ripe peaches, buttered toast and cashews. The palate is medium to full-bodied with loads of tropical fruit and stone fruit flavors filling the mouth, finishing lively.”

91 points

James Suckling

Aromas of dried apples, white peaches and hints of pineapple. Full body, a velvety texture, juicy fruit and a flavorful finish. Drink now.

90 points

Jeb Dunnuck

I loved the 2015 Chardonnay and while I wasn’t given the retail price, I suspect it will be a terrific value. Offering lots of citrus oil, white flowers and a kiss of minerality, this medium-bodied, fresh, lively 2015 has integrated acidity and a clean, balanced profile. It should keep for 4-5 years.

92 points

James Suckling

Very pretty dried fruit with hints of mushroom and light toast. Lemon too. Medium to full body, very fine and tight. Hints of toffee and fresh fruit. Decadent and flavorful. Tight and textured.

90 points

Wine Enthusiast

Salty caramel rises to the fore of this lovely, medium-built wine, which begins thickly concentrated in Gravenstein apple and vanilla before finding its rhythm in more nuanced, elegant undertones. Lemon and lime lead the way to a hint of guava before finishing fresh and focused.

Amici Charles Heintz Vineyard Chardonnay

  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2013
  • 2012

93 points

Wine Advocate

The 2017 Chardonnay Charlie Heintz Vineyard (already bottled) is 100% barrel fermented and aged in 40% new French oak for 13 months. It offers a nose of very pretty white peaches, lemon curd, grapefruit and ginger with touches of baking bread and lime blossoms. The palate is medium-bodied, very tightly wound, crisp and minerally, finishing long and layered.

96 points

Jeb Dunnuck

The gem in the lineup is the 2016 Chardonnay Charlie Heintz Vineyard, which comes from a well-known site in the Russian River Valley out near Occidental. Straight-up rocking notes of white flowers, candied ginger, lemon, and citrus all flow to a racy, pure, elegant Chardonnay that does everything right. With good concentration, high acidity, and a great finish, this balanced beauty can be drunk today or cellared for 7-8 years.

94 points

James Suckling

This is a really pretty white with seashell and oyster-shell undertones to the sliced apple and lemon character. Full-bodied, bright and lively. A lovely combination of fruit and acidity. Drink now.

91 points

Wine Advocate

The 2016 Chardonnay Charlie Heintz Vineyard comes from vines over 30 year old. It’s 100% barrel fermented and aged in 40% new French oak for 13 months. It gives a lovely nose of lemon meringue pie, warm apricots, pink grapefruit and popcorn with touches of almond croissant and beeswax. The palate is medium to full-bodied with fantastic freshness giving zing to the robust honeyed-apricot flavors, finishing wonderfully savory.

95 points

Jeb Dunnuck

Sporting a light gold color that has a hint of green, the 2015 Chardonnay Charles Heintz Vineyard is a total blockbuster and is certainly up with the finest whites in this report. Citrus oil, tangerine, Meyer lemon and hints of toasted nuts all emerge from this fresh, vibrant, racy, yet beautifully concentrated Chardonnay that’s going to knock your socks off over the coming 5-7 years.

94 points

James Suckling

Dust, preserved lemons, apple pastry, cloves and praline notes. Medium to full body with lots of bright, tangy stone fruit that really lingers on the palate, which is framed by driven acidity and culminates in a structured finish. Drink in 2019 when the toasted oak settles.

91 points

Wine Advocate

The 2015 Chardonnay Charlie Heintz is redolent of ripe apricots, green mango and spiced pears with hints buttered popcorn, brioche and honey. Medium-bodied, spicy and refreshing in the mouth, it has a lovely silkiness to the texture and great length.

93 points

James Suckling

Aromas of dried fruit and toasted nuts. Touch of toffee. Full to medium body, bright acidity and a tangy, bright finish. Pretty rich yet agile and bright. Drink now.

88 points

Wine Spectator

Well-focused on a taut, trim core of citrus, green pear, apple and tangy nectarine flavors, firming midpalate and showing a pithy edge on the finish. Drink now.

Amici Hyde Vineyard Chardonnay

  • 2017

94+

Wine Advocate

The 2017 Chardonnay Hyde Vineyard (already bottled) comes from Hyde and Old Wente clones more than 30 years old, 100% barrel fermented and aged in 40% new French oak for 13 months. It gives up fragrant peach blossoms and honeysuckle scents with grapefruit, melon and pineapple at the core and a waft of chalk dust. The palate is medium to full-bodied, rich, satiny and seductive with a toasty undercurrent and long, chalky finish.

Amici Spring Mountain Chardonnay

  • 2016

94 points

Jeb Dunnuck

A step up in quality (as well as price), the 2016 Chardonnay Spring Mountain District comes from a site at the top of Spring Mountain. Its medium gold color is followed by a beautiful, slightly reductive bouquet of white flowers, lemon curd, and crushed rocks. Developing more brioche and nuttiness as it sits in the glass, it’s downright Burgundian and a brilliant bottle of Chardonnay to drink over the coming 4-6 years. I wouldn’t be surprised to see it keep longer.


Sauvignon Blanc


Amici Sauvignon Blanc Napa

  • 2018
  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012

91 points

James Suckling

This shows lots of fresh pears and green apples, as well as hints of lemons and a sherbet undertone. Shimmer of flavors with a medium body and a creamy texture. Fruity and delicious. Drink now.

90 points

Wine Enthusiast

From a selection of vineyards in Oak Knoll, Yountville and St. Helena, this crisp white is floral and lemony, with moderate weight and breadth. It’s made in a steely, straightforward style with an intensity that lingers on the finish.

91 points

James Suckling

Lots of pears and grapefruit with hints of cooked apples. Full-bodied, dense and layered with a delicious, creamy texture to the finish. Drink now.

90 points

Wine Enthusiast

From a selection of vineyards in Oak Knoll, Yountville and St. Helena, this crisp white is floral and lemony, with moderate weight and breadth. It’s made in a steely, straightforward style with an intensity that lingers on the finish.

91 points

James Suckling

Lovely preserved lemons, kiwi fruit and pomelo. A little more blackberry leaf on the palate, which is light to medium-bodied with fresh acidity and a fruity finish. Clean and steely. Drink now.

92 points

James Suckling

A deep and layered white with lemon rind, lemons, white peaches and some grapefruit. Medium-to full-bodied and layered. Serious intensity. Drink now.

91 points

James Suckling

Aromas of grapefruit, sliced lemon and hints of kiwi. Medium body, fresh fruit and tangy acidity. Lovely phenolic texture. Drink now.

91 points

Wine Enthusiast

This light, bright and remarkably floral white from the Musqué clone impresses in its balance and lingering mouthfeel. Subtle flavors of nectarine and peach invite one in and become more pronounced in the glass over time, providing refreshment and elegance.

88 points

Wine Spectator

Smooth and supple, offering an elegant mix of lemongrass, verbena, pear and white flowers. Very stylish. Drink now.

88 points

Wine Spectator

A smooth and juicy white, offering lemon curd, lime, peach and apple flavors, balanced by good intensity and accents of citrus zest on the finish. Drink now.

Amici Sauvignon Blanc Spring Mountain

  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013

92 points

James Suckling

This is a powerful Sauvignon Blanc and dense white with a beautiful phenolic texture. Dried pineapples and dried peaches are what this is very much about. Very layered. Almost like a red in mouthfeel. Only 85 cases made. From old, head-pruned hillside vineyards.

93 points

James Suckling

This is very underground Sauvignon Blanc from Napa from old head pruned vines at the top of Spring Mountain. Full body, yet fresh and lively with sliced dried apple, pear and lemon. Pretty length too. This is a serious white. Drink now.

90 points

Wine Enthusiast

Aged half in stainless and half in new French oak for eight months, this is a complex, tangy wine with medium viscosity and a strong taste of lemon peel and green apple. With a slightly tropical edge of lemongrass, it’s lively and fresh.

90 points

Wine Spectator

An appealing, succulent mix of lemon curd and coconut cream pie flavors, this is smooth and juicy, with a core of tropical and citrus fruit. Lingers nicely on the finish. Drink now.

90 points

Wine Enthusiast

Entirely barrel-fermented in 20% new French oak, this 100% varietal wine is complex and weighty. It holds a bite of ripe apple at its core, with accents of pineapple and tropical guava. Rich on the palate, it’s also soft and seamless, a good choice for the table.