Reviews of 1995-2006 Vintages

 



Reverie’s 2006 Special Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

Outstanding - Wine Enthusiast : “Cellar Selection. This is a wine that requires concentration to appreciate. Tasted blind, it’s hard and impenetrable. When you understand its origins, it becomes clearer, a mountain wine of strong, shut-down tannins, but with a core of black currants. …the wine will benefit from up to six years in the cellar.”


Outstanding - Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar : “Bright medium ruby. Claret-like aromas of cassis, plum, licorice, leather, fresh herbs, olive and pepper. Juicy, supple and sweet, with lovely intensity and inner-mouth perfume to the cassis, fresh herb and tobacco leaf flavors. Very old school in style, and the most elegant of these 2006's. Finishes with broad, dusty, sweet tannins and lingering perfume. This will need a minimum of five years of cellaring.”

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Reverie’s 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon

Outstanding - Wine and Spirits : “Soft and rich rather than powerfully structured, this Diamond Mountain red is plump in the middle, with luscious flavors of blackberries and figs.”


Outstanding - Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar : “Good full red-ruby. Currant, black cherry, cedar, licorice and a whiff of tea leaf on the nose. Silky, scented and light on its feet, but more backward today than the cabernet franc and dominated by its spine of acidity. Best on the finish, which offers sneaky length and subtle sweetness. Carrying a moderate 13.5% alcohol. ”


Outstanding - Wine Enthusiast : “Cellar Selection. You’ll want to cellar this one, because it’s tight and hard in tannins, as befits a well-made Diamond Mountain Cabernet. Entirely dry, it has a strong heart of cassis. But the structure is impeccable, and all it needs is time. Best after 2011 and probably well beyond.”

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Reverie’s 2006 Cabernet Franc

Outstanding - Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar : “Moderately saturated ruby-red. Cool aromas of blueberry, violet, cedar and tobacco leaf. Suave and concentrated, with sneaky intensity and creaminess to the redcurrant and tobacco leaf flavors. I like the combination of sweetness and juiciness. An aromatic and rather understated wine that nonetheless possesses plenty of personality. ”

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Reverie’s 2006 Petit Verdot

Outstanding - Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar : “Deep medium ruby with an inky aspect. Black fruit aromas are currently overshadowed by licorice, violet, pepper and a meaty aspect. Offers a penetrating impression of acidity for a wine with a pH of 3.92, giving the dark berry and violet flavors lovely clarity and intensity. Finishes with a serious spine of dusty tannins. A fascinating petit verdot bottling that merits following. ”

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Reverie’s 2006 Merlot

Outstanding - Connoisseurs’ Guide to California Wine : “Brimming with deep, impressively extracted, ripe-cherry fruit and filled out by loads of very sweet oak, this broad and wonderfully well-balanced Merlot marries richness with an uncommon sense of polish and comes up a big winner on every count. It shows the varietal's supple side yet is structured in a way that commends keeping, and those willing to be patient for four or five years will find their forbearance rewarded with a complex and compelling wine.”

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Reverie’s 2005 Special Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

Outstanding - Wine and Spirits : “This is the best vintage of Special Reserve we have tasted - a modern classic from Diamond Mountain. It combines the sophisticated, dark minerality given by the site, with the luscious black currant and black berry flavor of well-grown cabernet. The dimensions of the wine haven’t been ripened away; the winemaking, emphasizes layers of flavor and refinement, more dynamic than powerful. The cool tone of the fruit will sustain the wine through a long arc of flavor development in the cellar.”


Outstanding - Wine Enthusiast : “Reverie has possibly produced their greatest cabernet sauvignon ever. But be forewarned it needs cellaring, not a long time but just enough to soften and sweeten a bit. Right now, the tannins shove to the front of the line pushing aside the delicious black berries and currants. But the wine has Bordeaux like elegance. A few years in the bottle will help resolve things.”


Outstanding - Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar : “Good full ruby-red. Very ripe aromas of currant, black cherry, tobacco, brown spices, baker’s chocolate and nutty oak. Rich, broad and suave; a step up in density and breadth from the winery’s varietally labelled reds. Here there’s more buffering material and distinctly finer-grained tannins. In fact, the selection for this special bottling is based on tannin maturity, according to winemaker Ted Lemon. A lovely example of Cabernet Sauvignon from Diamond Mountain.”

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Reverie’s 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon

Outstanding - Wine Enthusiast : “Cellar Selection. Few wines out of Napa Valley need age as much as this one does. That’s due to its mountain origins and the cool vintage, which combine to make the tannins pushy and hard. But once they start to fall out, the blackberry and currant flavors should emerge, pure and sweet. Best after 2010, but if you open it before that, decant.”


Outstanding - Wine and Spirits : “Dark scents of black raspberry yield to tension with pungent oak and iron- firm tannins. This is to young to drink on release, but all the elements are there to allow the wine to fill out it’s structure with age.”


Outstanding - Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar : “Good ruby-red. Complex, slightly medicinal aromas of cassis, boysenberry, black cherry, licorice, tobacco, graphite and fresh herbs. Supple and spicy, with accurate varietal character in a slightly raw way. Finishes with firm tannins, a hint of dark chocolate and good delicacy and length.”


Outstanding - Connoisseurs’ Guide to California Wine : “Its compact impressions of ripe currants reflect the restraint of mountain-grown fruit, yet there is both a fair sense of solidity at work here, and its integral tannins seem far less austere. There is even a slight gleaning of polish about it, and we expect that a few years of undisturbed rest in the cellar should go a long way in bringing this one to its peak.”

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Reverie’s 2005 Cabernet Franc

Outstanding - Wine and Spirits : “An herbal take on Cabernet Franc, this starts off with a light, resinous pine character and develops meaty richness as it takes on air.”


Outstanding - Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar : “Good red-ruby. Musky aromas of black cherry, flowers, licorice and tar. Supple, pliant and fruity; in a softer but elegant style, with sweet, easygoing tannins. Finishes with lovely length. The crop level here was 2.7 tons per acre, which proprietor Kiken described as “relatively high” for this site.”


Outstanding - Wine Enthusiast : “There’s a fine wine in here, but it needs a little time for those pesky tannins to soften. They coat the mouth with astringency, making it hard to appreciate the fruit. But the fruit is there, in the form of pure, sweet cherries. It’s not a long-term ager, but a year or three in the cellar should make this soft, gentle wine more beautiful.”

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Reverie’s 2005 ASKIKEN

Outstanding - Wine Enthusiast : “Reverie’s mixed-varietal Meritage gets an enthusiastic thumbs-up vote both for its deep and generous sense of optimally ripened, currant and black-cherry fruit and for its fine structure. It is laced with complexing notes of loam, black olives, pepper and rich oak, and its ample extracts are as evident at the end as they are at the start. Its nominal tannins bring a nice bit of grip without being overbearingly tough, and all signs point to a very promising future some five or six years down the line.”


Outstanding - Wine and Spirits : “This blend of five Bordeaux varietals grows on the estate. It melds deep black raspberry flavor, with peppery, cabernet franc tannins. Oak enriches the wine, while the tannins remain lean and firm.”

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Reverie’s 2004 Special Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

Outstanding - Robert Parker Jr., of the Wine Advocate : “The outstanding 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon Special Reserve offers sweet licorice, black currant, smoke, game, and pain grille aromas along with a soft, voluptuous mid-palate and velvety, firm tannin in the finish that makes for an attractive, medium-bodied, Bordeaux-styled red to drink over the next 10-15 years.”


Outstanding - Wine Spectator : “Rich and intense, this is deftly balanced, with a mix of red and black currant, herb and loamy earth notes that are shaded by light cedary oak. Finishes with firm, ripe tannins, which highlight the depth and richness of the fruit. Drink now through 2015.”


Outstanding - Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar : “Bright, medium red. Superripe, slightly porty aromas of black cherry, mint and underbrush. Rich, ripe, sweet and thick, with impressive concentration of black raspberry flavor. A major mouthful of wine, with an intriguing sappy, slightly saline quality. Finishes with big, ripe, broad tannins and excellent length. This may last longer than the 2005 simply on its huge structure. Incidentally, wine consultant Ted Lemon told me that some 2005 juice was blended into these 2004 reds to soften their tannins.”


Outstanding - Wine and Spirits : “Denser than it’s 2004 sibling this Special Reserve is smooth, rich, and easy to enjoy, with tannins that seem to melt in the mouth.”

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Reverie’s 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon

Outstanding - Wine and Spirits : “Both this 2004 and Reverie’s Special Reserve have a lot of espresso-scented oak to absorb before they can show fully their flavor distinctions. This one hints at mineral scents underneath the chocolate richness of the wood; it’s ripe, plum, and black cherry flavors feel increasingly bold the longer the wine is open. With a day of air, the fruit has evolved to a pure black currant flavor bathed in mineral tannins, juicy and fine. Cellar this eight to ten years from the vintage.”


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Outstanding - Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar : “Blended with 20% merlot, including 5% from the 2005 vintage. Bright ruby-red. Complex nose features cassis, black plum, licorice, spices and earth. Sweet, juicy and fruit-driven, with lovely lift for the vintage. More primary and more firmly built than the cab franc. Finishes fresh and long, with building tannins that avoid dryness. These reds were aged in about 80% new oak.”

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Reverie’s 2004 Merlot

Outstanding - Wine and Spirits : “This gracious wine has impressive finesse and plummy varietal flavor that seem to defy gravity in a complex arc of fresh ripe fruit. The texture is luscious, the flavors firm and lasting.”

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Reverie’s 2004 Cabernet Franc

Outstanding - Robert Parker Jr., of the Wine Advocate : “Reverie’s 2004 Cabernet Franc exhibits a floral, blue and blackberry, loamy soil-scented bouquet, medium body, a soft, sexy texture, and a smooth finish. It is a complex, delicious red to drink over the next 5-6 years”


Outstanding - Wine Enthusiast : “If you thought Cab Franc was the soft, early-drinking cab, reconsider. This is a tough wine, dry, and so tannic that it numbs down the palate. But, it’s huge in sappy red, and black cherry fruit, with a chocolate fudge finish, and should develop well. Try holding for 3 or 4 years.”


Outstanding - Wine and Spirits : “Smooth and ripe, with a foresty edge to the tannins this wine is as rich as chocolate with green herb scent”

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Reverie’s 2003 Special Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

Outstanding - Robert Parker Jr., of the Wine Advocate : “Reverie’s top cuvee is the 500-case blend called Special Reserve. The 2003 Special Reserve (93% Cabernet Sauvignon and 7% Cabernet Franc) boasts a deep ruby/purple color as well as an elegant, charming but restrained aromatic display of red and black fruits, smoke, and earth. With beautiful balance, a forward style, good ripeness, and a silky texture, it will drink well for 10-12 years.”


Outstanding - Wine Enthusiast : “Cellar Selection. Shows typical Diamond Mountain youthful tannins that are tough and hard, and in this good vintage a dense, vibrant core of cassis and cherry fruit that’s jamlike in its richness. Very dry, the wine will benefit from decanting, but it really wants fairly extended cellaring. Hold until 2009, then drink through 2015.”


Outstanding - Connoisseurs’ Guide to California Wine : “While both of the Reverie releases are loaded with lovely oak and display highlights of briar and loam, this bottling is the preferred of the two by dint of its concentration and its more clearly defined fruit. It is deep and dense and still has lots of expansion to go, but even as its entirely appropriate tannins rough up the lengthy finish, its central, very curranty fruit carries comfortably through. Be assured that a half-decade or more of very positive growth lies ahead.”


Outstanding - Wine and Spirits : “Growers on Diamond Mountain have figured out how to farm cabernet for intensity without excess weight. This one has it, a contrast of freshness and power, somehow lean and satisfying at once. The scents are black herbs and tart raspberries, the mineral tannins giving a sense of the cool uplands above this vineyard. Balanced to age over the next decade, or longer.”


Outstanding - Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar : “Good full medium ruby-red. Lovely floral lift to the aromas of plum, smoke and underbrush. A sweet, juicy fruit bomb in the mouth, with excellent breadth of flavor and attractive floral freshness. Finishes with firm but fine tannins and noteworthy subtle length. Very sophisticated wine, and an excellent example of Diamond Mountain.”

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Reverie’s 2003 Cabernet Sauvignon

Outstanding - Wine Enthusiast : “There’s a nice classic structure to this dry wine, but it’s pretty much in lockdown tannin mode now. However, underneath those tannins is a solid core of blackberries and sweet cassis, and one of these days, when the wine has been aged, and decanted to rid it of sediment, the sweetness should be gorgeous. Drink 2010-2016.”


Outstanding - Wine and Spirits : “This wine’s spicy red plum flavor has a cool, foresty tone, its structure a contrast of tart, floral acidity and savory tannins. Give the fruit several years to absorb that tannin, or enrich it now with a steak.”


Outstanding - Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar : “Blended with 12% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot. Red-ruby. Plum, chocolate, pepper, tobacco leaf and cedary cigar box on the nose. Sweet, shapely and elegant, with lovely acidity framing the complex fruit, oak and spice flavors. Nicely fine-grained in the middle, and firmly tannic on the end. This seemed inkier and more herbal in barrel and has turned out well”

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Reverie’s 2003 Cabernet Franc

Outstanding - Robert Parker Jr., of the Wine Advocate : “Made from one of Reverie’s favorite varietals, the 2003 Cabernet Franc Diamond Mountain (94% Cabernet Franc, 4% Petit Verdot, and 2% Cabernet Sauvignon) reveals complex aromas of sweet blackberries and currants intertwined with licorice, smoke, and scorched earth. Possessing sweet tannin and an opulent personality, it should be consumed over its first decade of life.”


Outstanding - Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar : “Bright ruby-red. Ripe aromas of blueberry, blackberry, chocolate, violet and meat. Sweet, lush and full, with satisfying dark fruit flavors and terrific breadth for Cabernet Franc. Finishes firm, with a fine dusting of tannins. This young, deeply fruity wine is built to age. Excellent California Cabernet Franc.”


Outstanding - Wine Enthusiast : “This is more tannic and full bodied than most Cabernet Francs, more akin to Cabernet Sauvignon, and with darker berry and stone fruit flavors. That must be because of Reverie's steep mountainside vineyard. The black cherry fruit is ripe. Best now with a great steak.”


Outstanding - Wine and Spirits : “Reverie consistently produces one of the best Cabernet Francs in Napa. Made from a suitcase clone brought over from Europe and grown next to Diamond Creek, the 2003 is lean in structure, yet the texture feels generous, with just enough fat to balance the mouthwatering green spice that fans out from the aroma. It continues to broaden in the finish.”

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Reverie’s 2003 Merlot

Outstanding - Wine and Spirits : “Black at first, with long flavors of black cherries and tannins that place it on Diamond Mountain, this has a ferrous almost rusty edge to the tannin that’s finely tuned to the char on a steak. The fresh fruit develops more prominence with air, continuing to improve, as it will with several years in the cellar.”

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Reverie’s 2002 Special Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

Outstanding - Robert Parker Jr., of the Wine Advocate : “Big, rich, full-bodied and powerful, the 2002 Special Reserve is a blend of 92% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Deep and concentrated, displaying notes of espresso roast, blackberries, dried herbs, and wood smoke, it is an opulent effort with powerful tannin in the finish that suggest 1-3 years of bottle age is warranted. Anticipated maturity: 2007-2018.”


Outstanding - Wine and Spirits : “This wine has tense red fruit flavor, black currant cabernet tones, and tough substantial tannins. But it also has a sophistication, and elegance that’s unusual for a potent wine. The mountain grown fruit contributes complexity in wooden flavors that last. Cellar it for a decade or more.”


Outstanding - Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar : “Good medium ruby, not quite as black as the regular cabernet. Floral, high-pitched aromas of blackberry, blueberry, cassis, mint and violet. Juicy and tight but more pliant than the regular cabernet despite its superb precision of dark berry and bitter chocolate flavors. Stylish and vibrant wine, finishing with very fine-grained tannins and superb length. A superb example of Diamond Mountain cabernet.”


Outstanding - Wine News : “Slow to open nose of dark chocolate, and berry-cassis fruit with blueberry and dried herbs. Rich and full bodied with medium-full chewy tannins, the chocolate note resonates on the palate amid lush berry cassis fruit that shows great purity and depth. Blended with 10% verdot and 5% merlot.”

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Reverie’s 2002 Cabernet Sauvignon

Outstanding - Robert Parker Jr., of the Wine Advocate : “Slightly bigger, more muscular, and richer than the 2003, is the 2002 Cabernet Sauvignon Diamond Mountain. A sweet perfume of black currants, smoke, cedar, tobacco, and subtle toasty oak is followed by a firmly structured, medium to full-bodied, moderately tannic, well-made Cabernet. Anticipated maturity: 2007-2017.”


Outstanding - Wine Enthusiast : “This is a tight young wine showing firmer, harder tannins and a youthful stubbornness. Five to seven years should soften and sweeten it.”


Outstanding - Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar : “Bright ruby-red. Blackberry, redcurrant, licorice and tobacco on the nose. Denser and riper than the 2001, but uncompromisingly dry, with deep flavors of currant, dark chocolate and licorice. This has impressive material and persistence on the palate. Quintessential Diamond Mountain cabernet in the making.”

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Reverie’s 2002 Cabernet Franc

Outstanding - Robert Parker Jr., of the Wine Advocate : “The dense ruby/purple-tinged 2002 Cabernet Franc Diamond Mountain (100% Cabernet Franc) exhibits a gorgeous nose of lead pencil shavings, menthol, underbrush, black currants, and barbecue spices. This generous, lovely offering should be at its finest between now and 2015.”


Outstanding - Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar : “Good bright ruby. Vibrant aromas of blackberry, coffee, smoke and violet. Fat and sweet but juicy, with palate-saturating flavors of sweet dark berries, violet and licorice. This has a lovely lush middle palate. Showing attractive forward fruit but also has enough in reserve for aging. Finishes with ripe tannins and excellent length. Quite complete for 100% cabernet franc.”

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Reverie’s 2001 Special Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

Outstanding - Robert Parker Jr., of the Wine Advocate : “Reverie’s top cuvee is their proprietary red called Special Reserve, a serious and potentially long lived offering. Great aromatics characterize the classic 2001 Special Reserve, a blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Petit Verdot, and 5% Merlot. An inky/ruby/purple color is accompanied by a full-bodied, textured wine with tremendous purity, intense flavors, yet surprising elegance for its mass and size. It is a nuanced, rich example that behaves like a young, classic Bordeaux (because of austere tannin) with sweet fruit as well as tremendously penetrating, even pungent aromatics (spice box, cedar, black fruits, earth, and toast). Anticipated maturity: 2008-2020+.”


Outstanding - Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar : “Cabernet Sauvignon with 10% Petit Verdot and 5% Merlot, bright medium ruby. Burnished aromas of cassis, licorice, mocha and menthol. Sweet, sexy, creamy wine, with a mid-palate lushness I’ve never before found in a wine from this estate. And yet this very generous blend has terrific spine and inner-mouth aromatic character. The tannins spread out to cover the entire palate. Very chewy, dense, ageworthy wine-a superb example of this appellation. The label says 13.9% alcohol, but this is actually 14.5%.”


Outstanding - Connoisseurs’ Guide to California Wine : “Endowed with a fair dollop of richness if a bit reserved in its aromatic display of emergent ripe fruit, this well-balanced offering is deeper on the palate both for its fleshy feel and for its ripe, concentrated black fruit flavors. It deserves several years in the cellar to come fully around and is certain to prove quite rewarding with a standing rib roast or sturdy leg of lamb.”


Outstanding - Vinfolio : “This wine is the pinnacle of what Reverie produces—very limited production with all of the concentration I look for in a wine of this type. Tasted twice over the last week, I find a seductive nose of smooth black fruits with pleasant hints of violet and clove. On the palate, I find dense polished black fruits with elegantly formed tannins.”

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Reverie’s 2001 Cabernet Sauvignon

Outstanding - Robert Parker Jr., of the Wine Advocate : “The outstanding 2001 Cabernet Sauvignon Diamond Mountain (83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Merlot, and 5% Petit Verdot) offers sumptuous aromas of creosote, black currants, incense, Asian spice, and toasty oak. It is medium to full-bodied, rich, and delineated, with moderately high tannin in the finish. Meant for patient connoisseurs, it will be at its finest between 2008 and 2015.”


Outstanding - Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar : “Good red-ruby color. Cassis, black cherry, licorice and bitter chocolate on the nose. Juicy, penetrating and sharply focused, with intense flavors of wild mountain berries and licorice. The firm but ripe tannins reach the front teeth. This vibrant, youthful cabernet needs at least four or five years of additional bottle aging and is built to last.”


Outstanding - Wine News : “Nose of subtle green olive, red berry-cassis fruit, with blueberry and star anise framed in toasty oak. Juicy, and generous with deep, intense flavors of brambly blackberry and anise seed: medium - full ripe tannins.”

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Reverie’s 2001 Cabernet Franc

Outstanding - Robert Parker Jr., of the Wine Advocate : “Rich aromas, sweet tannin, and fruit characterize the 2001 Cabernet Franc Diamond Mountain (90% Cabernet Franc and 10% Merlot). A fragrant perfume of dried herbs (or is it menthol?) intermixed with plums, cherries, and black currants is followed by a medium-bodied, ripe, concentrated wine that should improve over the next 2-5 years, and last for 12-15.”

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Reverie’s 2001 Roussanne

“Top 6 Wines of the Year” - Matt Kramer, of the Wine Spectator : “I hesitate to mention this wine because Reverie Winery, in Napa Valley’s Diamond Mountain district, made just 35 cases. But this 100 percent Roussanne was so exceptional in its yellow-gold color with a greenish cast (like a great Chablis), intense lemon, pineapple and lanolin scent and mouthfilling flavor that it reminded me there’s a lot more to Diamond Mountain than just Cabernet—if anyone cares to try.”

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Reverie’s 2000 Special Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

Outstanding - Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar : “Good full red-ruby. Complex, gamey aromas of cherry, smoke, licorice and leather. Supple and spicy, with nicely restrained sweetness and suggestions of licorice, tobacco and fresh herbs. Juicy and aromatic on the back end. A spicy, dense, expressive wine with very good length.”


Outstanding - Wine Enthusiast : “Compelling for it’s ripeness, balance, harmony, and the way those tannins work to put it all together. This cab based wine has it all, blackberries, cherries, cocoa, great acidity, wonderful oak. Ultimately, it’s the soft intricate tannic structure that makes it complex.”


Outstanding - Wine Spectator : “Dark and richly flavored, with a complex tapestry of concentrated blackberry, currant, sage, mineral and cedary oak supported by ripe, rich tannins and finishing with a long, persistent aftertaste. Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot and Merlot. Drink now through 2012. 725 cases made.”

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Reverie’s 2000 ASKiken

Outstanding - Wine and Spirits : “Grown at Reverie’s estate vineyards, between Diamond Creek and Von Strasser, this Bordeaux blend manages to be both lean and completely rich. The structure is taut, its muscular black tannins soften with air to accentuate the redder aspects of the fruit. Think strawberries in fresh cream and you’ll be close to the lightness and suppleness of the wine. The finish is lively, energized by the youthful tension of its tannin and acidity. Drink 2008 through 2015 with well marbled steak. (660 cases)”

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Reverie’s 1999 Special Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

Outstanding - Robert Parker Jr., of the Wine Advocate : “The flagship wine of Reverie, the 1999 Special Reserve (91% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot, and 3% Cabernet Franc) is a dense and complex offering. It exhibits body and weight, with sweet fruit in the aromatics as well as glycerin and length. This impressive, intense 1999 will have 20-25 years of positive evolution.”


Outstanding - Wine Spectator : “Rich and intense, with vibrant, racy currant, shoe leather, anise and sage flavors that firm up nicely on the finish, holding a tight focus and pumping out richness and complexity. Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Best from 2004 through 2012. 225 cases made.”

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Reverie’s 1999 Cabernet Sauvignon

Outstanding - Robert Parker Jr., of the Wine Advocate : “Very good is the opaque purple-colored, full-bodied 1999 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate. This blend of 76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, and 4% Cabernet Franc reveals a sweet, cedary, black currant nose displaying a judicious dose of toasty new oak. Full-bodied and pure, with nicely integrated acidity and tannin, it comes across as Bordeaux-like, but with the ripeness and weight of a big California Cabernet. Anticipated maturity: 2003-2022.”

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Reverie’s 1999 Cabernet Franc

Outstanding - Robert Parker Jr., of the Wine Advocate : “There are 300 cases of the 1999 Cabernet Franc. A splendid 100% Cabernet Franc, it boasts a dense purple color as well as a sumptuous nose of menthol, black raspberries, cherries and currants. Mineral and licorice notes also make an appearance. Full-bodied for a Cabernet Franc, with super purity and intensity, it should drink well for at least 10-15 years.”

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Reverie’s 1998 Special Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

Outstanding - Robert Parker Jr., of the Wine Advocate : “The exceptional 1998 Special Reserve, a 450-case blend of 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Cabernet Franc, and 5% Petit Verdot, possesses soaring aromatics consisting of spice box, cedar, licorice, black currants, and minerals. In the mouth, the wine is rich, with floral notes intermingled with chocolate, black currant, and sweet, foresty flavors. It possesses an attractive texture, medium to full body, and sweet but noticeable tannin in the finish. This wine will benefit from 2-3 years of cellaring and keep for 15-18 years.”


Outstanding - Wine Spectator : “Dark, ripe, intense and concentrated, with well-focused, plush-textured currant, blackberry, anise, sage and mineral. Shows depth and complexity, with a long, luxuriant finish. Sufficiently tannic to cellar short-term. Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc. Drink now through 2010. 425 cases made.”


Outstanding - Connoisseurs’ Guide to California Wine : “Awash in rich oak and somewhat exotic in its caramel, currant, tamarind and cocoa scents, the wine is broad and fleshy in feel and carries its ripe fruit handsomely from first palatal impression to lasting, noticeably tannic but still fruity finish. A bit of time in bottle is all that is needed to bring this already smooth and rich rendition into its prime.”

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Reverie’s 1996 Special Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

Outstanding - Robert Parker Jr., of the Wine Advocate : “The 1996 Special Reserve proprietary red (87% Cabernet Sauvignon and 13% Cabernet Franc) is an outstanding offering. Only 252 cases of this beauty were produced. Bottled unfiltered, this is a Bordeaux-styled wine with a Medoc-like, mineral, lead pencil, and black currant fruitiness intertwined with weedy tobacco and spice box scents. Dense, with high tannin as well as beautiful rich, ripe fruit, this stylish, graceful, potentially complex wine would be difficult to pick out as a California Cabernet in a blind tasting. Anticipated Maturity: 2002-2020..”


Outstanding - Wine Spectator : “Wonderful balance and sense of harmony, with layers of currant, cherry, coffee, cedar, herb and spice. Finishes with a tight focus and smooth, polished tannins that keep pumping out the fruit. Best from 2001 through 2010. 196 cases made.”

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Reverie’s 1996 Cabernet Sauvignon

Outstanding - Wine Spectator : “Wonderful balance and sense of harmony with layers of currant cherry, coffee, cedar, herb and spices. Finishes with a tight focus and smooth, polished tannins, that keep pumping out the fruit.”

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Reverie’s 1995 Special Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

Outstanding - Robert Parker Jr., of the Wine Advocate : “The outstanding 1995 Special Reserve makes me think that its 1996 sibling will certainly come around with more time in barrel. The 1995 Special Reserve, a blend of 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Cabernet Franc, and 5% Petit Verdot, possesses a deep ruby/purple color, a spicy, ripe, concentrated character, tight aromatics, but enticing quantities of red and black fruits, minerals, and pain grille notes. This elegant wine should repay readers willing to cellar it for 5-6 years. It appears to have all the necessary raw materials to last for two decades or more. I am impressed by what has emerged to date from this relative newcomer’s small 1,500 case production from their estate vineyards on Diamond Mountain.”


Outstanding - Wine Spectator : “Dense, complex and concentrated, with an earth band of cedar currant, tar, tobacco and black cherry, this is a tightly wound firmly tannic wine that will need short term cellaring.”

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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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