2002 Jarvis Cabernet Sauvignon; 2004 Jarvis “Lake William”

Wednesday, August 8th, 2012


By Eapen Thampy, Americans for Forfeiture Reform.

I recently had the very good fortune to taste two excellent bottlings from northeastern Napa winery Jarvis over the last week that I thought were worth sharing.  If you’re ever in Napa, Jarvis is a winery worth visiting; the facilities are contained entirely in a cave system that make for quite the tour. Dimitri Tchelistcheff, the son of legendary Napa wine legend André Tchelistcheff, has been the winemaker since 1994. Robert Parker does taste these wines but I was unable to find a report for these bottles.

We first opened the 2002 Jarvis Cabernet Cabernet Sauvignon (375ml). On opening, the wine exhibited the pleasant and distinct aroma of pencil lead (graphite), cherry preserves, dark currant, and pepper; the wine itself was silky in texture, with vanilla and round berry flavors and a sweetness that wasn’t overwhelming. After ten years in the bottle, this wine is in its prime and could last another 5-8 years if you have any and are willing to hold on. (Estimated Retail, $30-$35)

The second bottle we opened was the 2004 Jarvis “Lake William” blend made from 49% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Cabernet Franc, 20% Merlot and 2% Petit Verdot. In comparison to the 2002 Jarvis Cabernet Sauvigon the “Lake William” is a bigger, “fleshier” wine, with more structure and a integrated palate of toasty vanilla, berry compote, and dark cocoa. I would imagine this bottle has another 5-10 years of life left, and patience will be rewarded as this wine continues to evolve in bottle. (Estimated retail $90-$105)







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6 Responses to “2002 Jarvis Cabernet Sauvignon; 2004 Jarvis “Lake William””

  1. #1 |  Cyto | 

    the wine exhibited the pleasant and distinct aroma of pencil lead

    Wow… I guess our olfactory sensibilities are somewhat different. I rarely take a sniff of my #2 and say, “Wow, I really wish there were more foods that smelled like that!”

  2. #2 |  (B)oscoH, Yogurt Eater | 

    If I change my handle to “(B)oscoH, Yogurt Eater & Wine Taster”, Radley will have to confirm me again. He is busy enough writing his book that we are getting tastes of the finer things on his blog. I will let him stay busy and stick with yogurt for the time being.

    P.S. Excellent review. I could pick up a bottle of the latter and recite that verbatim and sound authoritative.

  3. #3 |  jesse | 

    less wine more forfeiture

  4. #4 |  Toonhead | 

    #1 I had to reread the article and your comment to realize that you meant pencils not poo. Part of the confusion is that I rarely use a number 2 pencil – I use the letter equivalent HB. The smell of pencils is quite pleasant but I don’t necessarily want my food and drink to smell like that. I love the smell of Play-Doh but I don’t want to eat it.

  5. #5 |  Other Sean | 

    This is why we need drugs legalized, and fast. When people can run down to the local QuickTrip and score some hydrocodone, it will no longer be necessary for mankind to seek relaxation with the aid of pretentiously described rotten fruit juices.

  6. #6 |  KristenS | 

    Make mine Virginia wine!