Reviews of 2007-2009 Vintages


Reverie’s 2009 Special Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

Outstanding – Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar: “Bright, red-ruby. Complex nose melds currant, black cherry, tobacco leaf, cola, and fresh herbs. Lush, seamless, and fine-grained, but with excellent definition to the dark fruit and floral flavors…. Finishes floral, very long, and firm, with suave tannins and noteworthy lift. A lovely example of 2009.”

Outstanding - Wine Enthusiast: “If you cellar only a few Napa Cabernets a year this is one you should seek out. It’s so tannic, so shut down, yet explosive in blackberries, currants, dark chocolate, and sweet oak, that it will easily negotiate the next decade. If you really have to open it before 2015, at least give it a decent decant.”

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Reverie’s 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon

Outstanding – Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar: “Medium red-ruby.  Pure but tight aromas of cassis, sour cherry, licorice and fresh herbs.  Suave, vinous, and light on its feet, with subtle soil and herbal nuances adding complexity to the currant and spice flavors.  Concentrated, subtle cabernet sauvignon with smooth tannins and excellent length.”

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Outstanding - Wine Enthusiast: “Like almost all of Reverie’ s Cabernets on release, this one needs time in the cellar. Tasted in fall 2011, it’ s tight and grapey, with blackberry jam flavors girded by a firm, stony, minerality, and sweet, but hard tannins. Give it 6-8 years.”

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Reverie’s 2009 Cabernet Franc

Outstanding - Wine and Spirits: “Bluesy with Diamond Mountain cool, this Cabernet Franc has transparent red fruit, and dark herb clarity. along with a savory, smoky, volcanic spice. The flavors are long and earthbound, deepening to black cherry.”

Outstanding - Wine Enthusiast: “Cabernet Franc is a difficult variety to make by itself in California, which is why so few wineries do. Reverie gives it a good try. Their ’09 is quite tasty in cherries, minerals and oak, with distinguished mountain tannins and a savory, spicy finish.”

Outstanding - Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar: “Bright, medium red. Lovely violet perfume lifts the aromas of blackberry and chocolate. A juicy, savory midweight with a seamless texture and lovely inner-mouth perfume to its cherry and floral flavors. The gentle, rising finish shows noteworthy breadth and suave tannins. Very fine grained, classy, nicely ripe cabernet franc.”

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Reverie’s 2009 Petit Verdot

Outstanding - Wine Spectator: “Complex in its chewy mix of dense focused flavors of herbs, dried berry, wild berry, and mineral. Full-blown and tannic, yet under all the power this shows a measure of finesse, best from 2013 - 2022.”

Outstanding – Wine Enthusiast: “This wine is marked by exceptionally ripe, forward flavors of blackberry jam and black currants, with a sweet coating of smoky oak. In fact, flavor is what drives this wine, although it also shows fine, complex Diamond Mountain tannins that give it a dramatic structure.”

Outstanding – Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar: “Aromas of blackcurrant, blackberry licorice, and chocolatey oak. Broad, chewy, and sweet…with very good density and balance. Flavors of currant, menthos, and leather are accented by slightly peppery acidity. Finishes with fine-grained tannins for the variety. A very successful petit verdot.”

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Reverie’s 2009 Roussanne

Outstanding - Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar: “Bright yellow. Subtle nose hints at honey and apricot. Broad but light on its feet; more saline and uncompromising than the 2010 version. At once quite dry and seamless, with the apricot fruit perfumed up by good lemony cut on the back end. Quite different in style from the 2009 version. This should age well.”

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Reverie’s 2008 Special Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

Outstanding - Wine Enthusiast: “ Cellar Selection. Discerning tasters will detect massive blackberries and black currants, buried deep down like pirate’s treasure. It should develop quite well over the next ten or fifteen years.”

Outstanding - Wine and Spirits: “This has the black cherry coolness of Diamond Mountain Cabernet, a sleek red with generous muddled cherry richness in the middle, and a spark of tannin to lift the finish. It’s smooth with a hint of foresty green.”

Outstanding - Stephen Tanzer’ s International Wine Cellar: “Deep ruby-red. Rich aromas of black raspberry, mocha, loam and licorice. At once sweet and vibrant on the palate, with black raspberry, blackberry, violet and loam flavors complemented by bitter chocolate. A distinctly elegant style of wine, finishing with complex, sweet tannins and noteworthy persistence. But give this at least a few more years in the bottle to knit. 5% each Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc.”

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Reverie’s 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon

Outstanding - Wine and Spirits: “This wine ripened to immense and luscious fruitiness while keeping its cool. The sweet damson plum flavor and coffee-mocha tannins are brightened by tart cranberry notes. It strikes a delicious balance of richness and acidity, a chocolate bomb diffused in the groves from Diamond Mountain.”

Outstanding - Wine Enthusiast: “Impressive for the volume of its flavor, which is all intensely concentrated mountain blackberries and cassis… Beautifully oaked, too, so sweet and refined in toast…the wine needs serious cellar time. Stash until 2014, and the drinkability window could last for an additional ten years.”

Outstanding - Stephen Tanzer’ s International Wine Cellar: “;Deep red-ruby. Scented aromas of red currant, cedar, smoke, graphite and violet. Then bright and concentrated on the palate, with lovely intensity and energy to the dark berry and licorice flavors. Finishes with a fine dusting of tannins and a light touch. 13.7% alcohol; includes 10% Cabernet Franc, 5% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot.”

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Reverie’s 2008 Petit Verdot

Outstanding – Wine Enthusiast: “Petit Verdot is a difficult wine to make interesting in its own right, but Reverie has pulled it off. It’s very much like a Diamond Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon, dry, tannic, and filled with blackberry, cherry, and cassis flavors. Not exactly clear why you’d want a Petit Verdot instead of a Cabernet, except for the interest value, but it’s certainly an achievement.”

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Reverie’s 2007 Special Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

Outstanding - Wine and Spirits: “This wine’ s immediate bright color and fresh cherry flavors make an immediate impression before it switches toward oak and sweetness. There’ s structure underneath, a youthful medicinal character to the tannins that needs time to resolve, just as the wine needs time to absorb its oak. Cellar it for several years."

Outstanding - Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar: “Saturated red-ruby. The highest-pitched and most floral of these 2007s, with aromas of dark berries, licorice and violet. Sweet and lush but energetic, with lovely floral perfume lifting and framing the blackberry and blueberry fruit flavors. This really spreads out to saturate the palate without leaving any impression of weight. Very suave already, but give this four or five years to blossom in bottle."

Outstanding - Wine Enthusiast: “It’s quite rich in blackberries and smoky, oaky cedar wood, though, and possesses a structural integrity that should protect it for many years. So cellar it. 2013–2019.”

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Reverie’s 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon

Outstanding - Stephen Tanzer’ s International Wine Cellar: “Ripe, complex nose melds black raspberry, violet, bitter chocolate and licorice. Sweet, deep and firm, with insidious intensity to the flavors of cassis, graphite, licorice and menthol. This, too, shows a medicinal reserve. Finishes with a serious tannic spine and noteworthy persistence."

Outstanding - Wine Enthusiast: “This has a rich core of blackberries and currants, with lots of smoky oak, and the spicy fruit lasts a long time on the finish. A good sign for cellaring.”

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Reverie’s 2007 Cabernet Franc

Outstanding - Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar: “Musky redcurrant, cherry, cedar and flowers on the ripe nose. Supple but serious, with a chocolatey ripeness but also a medicinal reserve to the currant, blackberry and licorice flavors. This has more body but less perfume than the young 2008, and plenty of broad tannins to support a positive evolution in bottle.”

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Reverie’s 2007 Petit Verdot

Outstanding - Stephen Tanzer’ s International Wine Cellar: “Bright full ruby. Violet and cocoa powder on the nose. Large-scaled and chewy, conveying a distinctly muscular impression. At once exotic and peppery, but youthfully clenched. Finishes with a major mouthful of tannins.”

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Reverie’s 2007 Roussanne

Outstanding - Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar: “Beeswax and citrus fruits on the nose. Then big, viscous and dry, with an intriguing saline complexity to the flavors of herbal tea and bitter orange peel; conveys a pronounced linalool character. Very complex and subtle wine with a slight phenolic edge. Don’ t serve this one too cold. "

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Reverie’s 2007 Barbera

Outstanding - Stephen Tanzer’ s International Wine Cellar: “;Good full red. Raspberry, bitter chocolate and licorice on the expressive nose. Slightly high-toned and juicy, with excellent acidity intensifying the dark cherry flavor. A very convincing, fruit-driven Barbera.”

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PLEASE NOTE: Reverie chooses to emphasize the narrative remarks from selected wine reviewers rather than emphasizing numerical scores. Reviewers use the term “Outstanding” for wines with a numerical score of 90 or above (from a 100 point scale). Not all reviewers have tasted every wine or every vintage of Reverie’s wines.

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