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)