In the June 5, 2018 issue of Decanter, a review of the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon:
Premium California wines to buy in 2018
By Anne Krebiehl MW
The elegance of mountain fruit shows through here, with ripe plum coated with smoky notes of thyme. The palate has very fine, drying but pleasantly crunchy tannins with lovely grip, and there’s a sexy, smoky tint of single-malt whiskey around the edges. Lovely, crisp Cabernet structure. Drinking Window 2020 – 2035.
Sunshine in St James’s Street spelled the right kind of weather for a tasting of premium Californian wines in May, and the self-styled ‘American-inspired’ restaurant Avenue was the perfect backdrop, a space flooded with light that’s dedicated to contemporary, sophisticated American dining. The tasting was hosted by four UK wine merchants who have championed Californian wine and built up enviable portfolios of both blue-chip estates and high-achieving newcomers…including Roberson Wine. It afforded me an excellent chance to pick out some top premium California wines that are represented in the UK, and which will offer plenty of drinking pleasure. A bonus was the opportunity to taste some of the more powerful wines with a little bottle age: it shows how well they can evolve and how much mileage there still is ahead.
California’s coastline is 840 miles long, covering almost ten degrees of latitude from San Diego to the Oregon border, creating numerous spots where vines excel. It’s this scale that helps to produce different layers of expression – how much a vineyard is exposed to the vast, cold and deep Pacific; whether it’s above or below the fog line; whether it catches the morning or the afternoon sunshine – even before we think about the myriad stylistic decisions every winemaker takes.