“The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Casey's Lakeview Vineyard shows more of a dark, black fruit profile that matches quite well with the wine's unctuous, rich feel. Black cherry, plum, menthol, earthiness, lavender and licorice all meld together in a big wine that shows all the muscle that is typical of Calistoga Cabernets. Ripeness is totally pushed to the edge in this full-throttle Cabernet from Heritage School and winemaker Thomas Rivers Brown.”
Varietal: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Appellation: Calistoga AVA, Napa Valley
Aging: 20 months in 80% New French Oak
Alcohol: 14.8% by vol.
Production: 239 Cases
The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Casey’s Lakeview is similarly inky bluish/purple to the rim. Tasting like blood, this wine is dense and rich with lots of chocolate, espresso, earth and spice. It is deep, full-bodied, and again, a masculine style of wine that needs at least 4-5 years of cellaring and should keep for 25 or more years.
The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Lakeview Vineyard is another massively concentrated Cabernet Sauvignon with a dense purple color, lots of blueberry and blackberry fruit, along with floral notes, sweet tannins, lush opulent mouthfeel and a full-bodied personality puts it right in the wheel-house of the Treva’s in terms of quality. Stylistically, it’s much closer than dissimilar. The wine is very broad, rich and impressive with a velvety finish that argues for immediate gratification, but this one will last 15 or more years.
The 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon Lakeview Vineyard is intense and beautiful. Here the fruit shows gorgeous density and richness, all supported by firm tannins that add a sense of structure. Far from an approachable 2011, the Lakeview is going to require patience. Cedar, smoke, graphite, menthol and licorice all add complexity as the wine opens up in the glass. This is an impressive showing.
The 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Lakeview Vineyard is another standout. Here the fruit is so intense and textured that the tannins are virtually unnoticeable. Black cherries, tar, menthol, savory herbs and iron are some of the many notes that seem to explode from the glass. Despite the wine’s opulence, there is plenty of tension and vibrancy to support the fruit. The 2010 boasts tremendous balance, not to mention tons of pure appeal.
The 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Lakeview Vineyard is a bigger, rounder wine with pure dark fruit, smoke, spices and new leather, all of which come together nicely on the textured finish. This is powerful, rich and well balanced. The 2009 spent 18 months in 80% new French oak barrels.
More elegant floral, blueberry, raspberry and black currant characteristics emerge from the 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon Lakeview Vineyard. From a vineyard planted in more chalky soils, the blend includes a small amount of Petit Verdot and the aging is identical to its two siblings, 20 months in 100% new French oak. With a deep ruby/purple color, a supple texture and an excellent mid-palate as well as length, this stylish Cabernet Sauvignon can be drunk now or cellared for 15 or more years.
The most fragrant of this trio is the 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon Lakeview Vineyard. Beautiful floral, blackberry, blueberry, wild mountain berry, and forest floor scents soar from the glass of this opaque purple-colored 2007. Velvety-textured and opulent with terrific fruit on the attack, mid-palate, and finish as well as admirable intensity and power, this seamless wine can be drunk now (because of its awesome purity of fruit), but should evolve beautifully for two decades or more.
The 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon Lakeview Vineyard is cut from the same mould. Ripe, well-made, seductive, with lower acidity and riper tannin than its sibling, this wine is rich, fleshy, relatively forward, and ideal for drinking over the next 15+ years.
The vineyard with the best view, I suppose, is the 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon Lakeview Vineyard. This is the most supple, sensual, and sexiest of the Cabernet Sauvignons. It comes across like a French Pomerol, but bigger and broader. Sadly, there are only 100 cases of it. Dense, opulent, flamboyant, but at the same time elegant and pure, with intense notes of earth, espresso roast, chocolate, licorice, sweet black currants, and cherries, it should be drunk over the next 10-15 years.