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95 • Martin Estate 2010 Collector's Reserve, Puerta Dorada Vineyard, Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley $135. Cellar Selection.
Garnet black color. Dense aromas of herbs, spices and chocolate drizzled bacon, nuts and berries with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a tangy layered finish with notes of cassis, vanilla, peppercorn and minerals. A vibrant, lively wine with great table appeal; pair with prime rib. (tasted on Feb-18-2013)
94 • Martin Estate 2010 Gold Late Harvest Dessert Wine, Napa Valley $65/375 ml.
Bright golden yellow color. Aromas of golden raisin cake, dried apricot, and creamy tapioca with a silky, fruity sweet medium-to-full body and a long, pineapple chutney and honeyed lychee accented finish. A rich, delicious dessert wine. (tasted on Nov-25-2013)
95 • Martin Estate 2005 Reserve, Puerta Dorada Vineyard, Cabernet Sauvignon, Rutherford, Napa Valley $120.
Aromas of black olive and pepper relish, herbal pickled okra, and muddy wild strawberry aromas follow through on a rich, super smooth entry to a dry-yet-fruity full body with incredible depth and a rich, very long, seamless finish. (tasted on Feb-03-2010)
95 • Martin Estate 2009 Collector's Reserve, Cabernet Sauvignon, Rutherford, Napa Valley $125. Cellar Selection.
Deep garnet black color. Rich dense aromas and flavors of chocolate covered berries, anise cookie, creme brulee, herbs, and spicy carrot cake with a satiny, fruity-yet-dry medium-full body and a long, nuanced finish with oak spice, pepper and tannins masterfully integrated. (tasted on Aug-06-2012)
94 • Martin Estate 2006 Collector's Reserve, Puerta Dorada Vineyard, Cabernet Sauvignon, Rutherford, Napa Valley $120.
Very deep garnet black color. Dense aromas and flavors of blueberry pie, chocolate graham cookie, and floral honey. Rich and satiny, this wine has complex layers of marinated olives, earth, and Asian spice underneath. A hedonistic, table tuned delight. (tasted on Aug-09-2010)
94 • Martin Estate 2008 Collector's Reserve, Cabernet Sauvignon, Rutherford, Napa Valley $125.
Deep garnet color. Rich milk chocolate covered cassis and nuts, vanilla mint fudge, peppery spice with a hint of seared pork fat with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and long, silky peppercorn, peach-apple pie, and flower patch accented finish. A classic Napa cab with a unique twist. (tasted on Feb-13-2012)
93 • Martin Estate 2008 Puerta Dorada Vineyard, Cabernet Sauvignon, Rutherford, Napa Valley $70.
Grilled pepper and fennel and boysenberry pie aromas and flavors with a supple dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smoky cedar, pomegranate, praline, olive, peppercorn and earth finish. A lively, precise Old World styled table wine. (tasted on Jul-18-2011)
91 • Martin Estate 2007 Collector's Reserve, Puerta Dorada Vineyard, Cabernet Sauvignon, Rutherford, Napa Valley $120. Cellar Selection.
Deep violet ruby color. Aromas of dark berry tart, vanilla, peppery spice and delicate herbs with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body with a tangy blackberry, toasty nut and mineral accented finish with firm, penetrating tannins. A rich, structured red that will improve greatly with age. (tasted on Mar-03-2011)
91 • Croney Estates 2009 "Two Ton", Pinot Noir, Martinborough $20.
Ruby color. Inviting aromas of sour cherry pastry, toffeed nuts, and delicate herbs and spices with a silky dry-yet-fruity medium body and a sundried tomato and mineral accented finish. A delightfully balanced and table-friendly offering. (tasted on Apr-25-2011)
91 • Croney Estates 2009 "Two Ton", Pinot Noir, Martinborough $19.99.|Find-a-Wine|
Lovely aromas of boysenberry compote and chocolate nuts with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a long, spicy baked apple and sundried tomato finish. Well balanced and stylishly made for the table. (tasted on Oct-15-2011)