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Wine Advocate #215
Friday, October 31st, 2014

2012 Barnett Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Rattlesnake Hill Estate / 96 points

From a first-growth site, the 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Rattlesnake (essentially their Reserve offering) is made from a blend of the finest lots. This wine may turn out to be one of their all-time greats. A sensational Cabernet, it boasts an opaque purple color, plenty of the mountain blueberry and wild flower aromas, rich blackberry, blueberry and cassis fruit, terrific acidity for this degree of ripeness and power, and an amazingly textured, long mouthfeel. The finish lasts for 40+ seconds. This exquisite, brilliant Napa Cabernet Sauvignon demonstrates what exceptional elegance can be achieved allied to formidable richness and power. While I could drink it now, most observers will enjoy it after a few years of cellaring. It should provide plenty of pleasure over the next two decades. Reviewer: Robert Parker.

 

2012 Barnett Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Spring Mountain District / 92 points

The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon possesses a deep ruby/purple color in addition to classic notes of crème de cassis, blueberries and a hint of that mountain wildflower character that is a part of the Spring Mountain District appellation. Sweet tannins, beautiful ripeness, and a long, textured mouthfeel are found in this beauty. It is one of the finest wines the Barnetts have made since this winery was founded in 1983. Reviewer: Robert Parker.

 

2012 Barnett Vineyards Merlot Spring Mountain / 90 points

Proprietors Fiona and Hal Barnett have fashioned a juicy, fruit-driven 2012 Merlot exhibiting a dense ruby color, plenty of mocha and berry fruit, sweet tannin, and more minerality and structure than one normally sees in Merlot (due to its mountain home). There is a stealth-like richness to this wine. The longer you hold it on the palate, the more depth and richness it reveals - always a very good sign. This beauty can be drunk now, although it will be even better in 12-24 months. It should last for 10-12 years. Reviewer: Robert Parker.

 

2012 Barnett Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Cyrus Ryan / 90 points

In top vintages, the winery produces two single vineyard Cabernet Sauvignons. The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Cyrus Ryan Vineyard comes from a tiny 2-acre vineyard on the Napa Valley floor, on the eastern side of the valley off the Silverado Trail. It displays lots of classic cassis, loamy soil, licorice and spice notes, a projected, open-knit set of aromatics, good flesh, acidity and freshness, and a long, full-bodied mouthfeel. This beauty is their most limited production cuvée. More open-knit and broader, it will undoubtedly be quicker to evolve than Barnett's mountain Cabernets. Reviewer: Robert Parker.

 

 

 


Wine Spectator
Wednesday, February 6th, 2013

2010 Barnett Vineyards Merlot Spring Mountain 

Rating: 92

$55 | 355 cases made | Red

Deftly combines a dense complexity with a supple texture. Aro­mas of red currant, mocha and fresh earth lead to layered flavors of black cherry, lead pencil and mineral. The tannins are firm on the finish. Best from 2014 through 2020.—T.F.

 

 

 


Wine Advocate

2010 Barnett Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon, Rattlesnake Hill Estate; A Cabernet Sauvignon Dry Red Table wine from Spring Mountain District, Napa, North Coast, California, USA

Rating: 91

The 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Rattlesnake Hill is another very pretty wine, even if it lacks some of the sheer thrill of the two preceding Cabernets in this lineup. Plums, blackberries, spices and scorched earth are some of the many notes that inform the powerful finish. The Rattlesnake Hill has a bit less personality than the best Barnett wines, but it is still highly appealing. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2028.

Reviewer: Antonio Galloni

2010 Barnett Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon, Cyrus Ryan; A Cabernet Sauvignon Dry Red Table wine from Napa, North Coast, California, USA

Rating: 93

Barnett’s 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Cyrus Ryan Vineyard opens with an intriguing array of super-ripe, exotic red fruit, licorice, white flowers, incense and sweet tobacco. Ripe, flashy and voluptuous, the 2010 fills out beautifully in all directions, showing wonderful intensity and fabulous overall balance. The inky, opulent finish is particularly attractive. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2024.

Reviewer: Antonio Galloni

 

2010 Barnett Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon, Spring Mountain; A Cabernet Sauvignon Dry Red Table wine from Spring Mountain District, Napa, North Coast, California, USA

Rating: 93

Deep, dense and rich, the 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Spring Mountain oozes with character and sheer personality. Black fruit, tobacco, incense and crushed rocks are some of the many nuances that unfold as the wine sits in the glass. Tar, asphalt and licorice are layered into the sinewy, powerful finish. The 2010 is a fascinating and totally intriguing Cabernet. The blend is 89% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2024.

Reviewer: Antonio Galloni

 

2010 Barnett Vineyards Merlot Spring Mountain; A Merlot Dry Red Table wine from Napa, North Coast, California, USA

Rating: 91

The 2010 Merlot Spring Mountain is quite attractive. The firm mountain tannins give the wine its backbone. Raspberry jam, flowers and spices flesh out in the radiant, inviting finish. The addition of 13% Cabernet Franc adds gorgeous layers of aromatic nuance and complexity. This is a beautifully balanced, harmonious wine from Barnett. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2025. 

Reviewer: Antonio Galloni