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Vinous: The Great 2010 Napa Valley Cabernets
Antonio Galloni's Vinous
Vintage Retrospective: The Great 2010 Napa Valley Cabernets
"The 2010s are over-delivering on their early promise."
The 2010s Then and Now: Sensational - Stephen Tanzer
From the outset, the 2010 Cabernets displayed a rare combination of power and elegance, with the better examples showing noble, integrated, plush tannins from slow ripening. Almost miraculously in light of the severe late-August heat wave, 2010 produced a set of wines with healthy natural acidity, high-pitched aromas and flavors, and pronounced site specificity. The wines had considerable density... Fruit aromas were fresh and pure, and the wines showed very good mid-palate energy. Their mostly sound acidity levels combined with their tannins to provide the wines with excellent structure for graceful aging.
Ten years later, the wines showed spectacularly.
2010 Insignia - 95 Points
Musky aromas of currant, tobacco, licorice, dark chocolate, graphite and herbs; an essence of Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. Utterly plush and thick yet bright on entry, then super-concentrated and seamless in the middle palate, with captivating sweetness leavened by graphite minerality. Really incredible silky grain and palate-staining, gripping length here, with the serious but utterly smooth, perfectly buffered broad tannins extending the fruit. Offers great thickness and density without excess weight, not to mention superb balance and class. A great vintage for Insignia, and destined for a long life in bottle.. Very long, gripping finish. This has opened since I last tasted it in 2016 and is a spectacular drink today. If anything, its outstanding definition and structure became even more apparent with 72 hours in the recorked bottle. -Tanzer, May 2020
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