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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.

 

 

 


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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 

 

 


Robert Parker's Wine Advocate #198

2009 Barnett Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon, Rattlesnake Hill Estate; A Cabernet Sauvignon Dry Red Table wine from Spring Mountain District, Napa, North Coast, California, USA

Rating: 93

The 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Rattlesnake Hill brings together all of the elements of the house style in a rich, deep wine with plenty of structure to support its rich, expansive fruit. This is a beautifully centered wine with terrific delineation, intensity and balance. White flowers, spices, mocha, licorice and blueberry jam linger on the focused finish. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2021.

Reviewer: Antonio Galloni


2009 Barnett Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon, Cyrus Ryan; A Cabernet Sauvignon Dry Red Table wine from Napa, North Coast, California, USA

Rating: 92

The 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Cyrus Ryan flows from the glass with super-ripe dark fruit in an opulent, lush style that stands in contrast to some of the other wines in this lineup. Blackberry jam, cassis, sweet herbs and French oak are some of the notes that wrap around the lush finish. This shows impressive depth, but it isn't exactly the last word in subtlety. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2019.

Reviewer: Antonio Galloni

 

2009 Barnett Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Estate; A Cabernet Sauvignon Dry Red Table wine from Spring Mountain District, Napa, North Coast, California, USA

Rating: 92

The 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon is a gorgeous wine laced with freshly cut flowers, dark raspberries, mint, spices and licorice. It shows gorgeous finesse in a mid-weight, vibrant style that is immensely appealing. A long, pointed finish rounds things out in style. The Cabernet Sauvignon includes 5% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2019.

Reviewer: Antonio Galloni


2009 Barnett Vineyards Merlot Spring Mountain; A Merlot Dry Red Table wine from Napa, North Coast, California, USA

Rating: 90

The 2009 Merlot is an attractive, mid-weight wine laced with sweet red berries, licorice and flowers. This is a bit of an eccentric style, with maybe not quite enough fruit to handle its oak, yet nevertheless it remains an intriguing wine well worth paying attention to. Floral notes reappear on the finish, adding lift to the clean, mineral laced finish. The Merlot includes 11% Cabernet Franc. It spent 22 months in French oak, 60% new and 40% one-year-old. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2017. 

Reviewer: Antonio Galloni