“The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Julie's Creekside Vineyard is lush, powerful and voluptuous. Succulent dark cherry, cedar, tobacco and licorice are all pushed forward, helped by soft contours and silky tannins that really allow the wine to be expressive. Even with all of its intensity, the 2016 retains terrific freshness and detail, always the biggest challenge with this warm site in Calistoga. Red-toned fruit, tobacco, blood orange and earthy notes add the closing shades of nuance.”
Varietal: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Appellation: Calistoga AVA, Napa Valley
Aging: 20 months in 80% New French Oak
Alcohol: 14.8% by vol.
Production: 265 Cases
The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Julie’s Creekside Vineyard is an impressive, opaque purple-colored wine that is super-concentrated and extracted with relatively sweet tannins, a touch of chocolate and espresso, a full-bodied mouthfeel and pure, dark, primordial fruits. This is a big, masculine, concentrated wine set for long-term aging.
The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Jake’s Creek Vineyard is slightly more subdued and less boisterous than the Treva’s, but again shows stylistic similarities with its blueberry and blackberry fruit, medium to full-bodied mouthfeel and an impressive purity and texture. This beauty can be drunk now or cellared for 12-15 years.
Sweet tobacco, licorice, mint, fennel, smoke and incense lead to a core of dark fruit in the 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon Jake’s Creek Vineyard. The softest and most approachable of the Harris 2011s, the Cabernet Sauvignon Jake’s Creek Vineyard is beautiful, expressive and open today, with distinctly savory notes and plenty of vintage 2011 energy.
Dark cherries, plums, menthol, licorice and flowers all come together in the 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Jake’s Creek Vineyard. There is plenty of intensity in the glass as this full-bodied, opulent wine shows off its considerable personality. Sweet floral and spiced notes add lift on the finish. Readers will have to be patient with the 2010 Jake’s Creek, but it is striking, even today.
The 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Jake’s Creek Vineyard is a big, firm wine laced with cedar, tobacco, spices and grilled herbs. There is substantial energy and authority in this structured Cabernet. Elements of wildness on the finish are very appealing. The 2009 spent 18 months in 75% new oak.
The 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon Jake’s Creek Vineyard (100% Cabernet Sauvignon aged 20 months in 100% new French oak) reveals abundant aromas of tobacco leaf, black currants, loamy soil and crushed rocks in its full-bodied, dense personality. With sweet tannin, a layered mouthfeel and a long finish, this beauty should drink well for 15-20 years.
The dense purple-colored 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon Jake’s Creek exhibits copious aromas of loamy soil, black currants, licorice, unsmoked tobacco, and cedar. With a dazzling texture, full-bodied power, sweet but noticeable tannins, and a youthful, promising style, it will benefit from 4-5 years of bottle age, and should drink well for 25 years.
The 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon Jake’s Creek seems to have plenty of tannin, but the layers of fruit, glycerin, and concentration admirably balance out the wine’s structure. This is a dense ruby/purple-colored wine with notes of spice box, scorched earth, blackberries, minerals, and coffee beans. It should be at its best between 2010 and 2025.
The 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon Jake’s Vineyard (15% alcohol) is a young, virile and masculine style of Cabernet Sauvignon, with loads of minerality, blackberry fruit, damp earth and coffee as well as a full-bodied mouthfeel. Still youthful and promising, the wine is just beginning to enter its plateau of maturity, where it should stay for a good 15-20 years. It has texture, fullness and richness as well as purity, but give it ideally another 2-3 years bottle age and drink it over the following 15-20.
The 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon Jake’s Creek Vineyard is a bigger, plumper effort than the 2003 displaying the vintage’s supple, flashy, fruit-forward style. It possesses an opaque purple color as well as a sweet bouquet of creme de cassis, chocolate, licorice, and high quality toasty oak. It is fat and rich, with enough underlying tannin and acidity to keep things in focus. This cuvee will be bottled without fining or filtration after spending 19-20 months in new French oak.