Photo of Detert library vintage bottles.

Retrospective Tasting: 2000 - 2010

2000 Oakville Cabernet Franc

2000 was a late cool vintage in Napa Valley and this wine has always been a beautifully balanced, subdued wine showing Cabernet Franc’s more herbaceous side. The nose shows rich aromas of rose petal, graphite, cedar, tar, green olive, cherry and grilled meats. Lush and lively in the mouth with a great balance between texture, tannin and acidity. It shows the whole range of flavors on the palate – a complex and delicious balance of herb, mineral, fruit and spice. Surprisingly this wine hasn’t changed much in the past few years which suggests it still has another 5 or more years of life. However, if you have this rare vintage in your cellar I would suggest trying a bottle now- it is stunning. Give it air – maybe 30 minutes to an hour in the decanter first as it takes time to wake up. This 15 year old wine I would drink now through 2020.

 

2001 Oakville Cabernet Franc

2000 was a late cool vintage in Napa Valley and this wine has always been a beautifully balanced, subdued wine showing Cabernet Franc’s more herbaceous side. The nose shows rich aromas of rose petal, graphite, cedar, tar, green olive, cherry and grilled meats. Lush and lively in the mouth with a great balance between texture, tannin and acidity. It shows the whole range of flavors on the palate – a complex and delicious balance of herb, mineral, fruit and spice. Surprisingly this wine hasn’t changed much in the past few years which suggests it still has another 5 or more years of life. However, if you have this rare vintage in your cellar I would suggest trying a bottle now- it is stunning. Give it air – maybe 30 minutes to an hour in the decanter first as it takes time to wake up. This 15 year old wine I would drink now through 2020.

 

2002 Oakville Cabernet Franc

This has long been a favorite vintage of mine. The Detert wines from 2002 are dense, rich and powerful and show off Oakville’s combination of supple texture and dense structure. A plush mouthful of mineral, tobacco, dark fruit, cocoa, menthol, and anise. Very complex and layered with a long powerful finish that coats the palate. Drinking beautifully and should continue to age for another 5 to 10 years. 

 

2002 Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon H Block

This wine has always been a stunner. From old vines on our cousin's property (H for Horton) which is contiguous to Detert, this is a classic Napa Valley Cabernet with incredible density, richness and supple texture. Similar profile to the 2002 Cabernet Sauvignon above but turns up the intensity of flavor on an even smoother texture. Lots of mineral, tobacco and olive notes laid over currant and black cherry. Truly a special wine with an old-school flavor profile and structure. We made only one barrel of this so not many bottles have gotten around. Drink now through 2025. This is also throwing a lot of sediment -worth standing the bottle up for a day or two and then decanting off of the sediment before drinking.

 

2003 Oakville Cabernet Franc

Aromas of black olive, tobacco, iron, grilled meat. Flavors echo in the mouth with olive, anise, cherry, cedar, cocoa. Complex layers of flavor and texture. This has developed beautifully, with a lush, supple texture and great length. Drinking wonderfully now and over the next few years – but I don’t think that this will be long lived. Drink now through 2017.

 

2004 Oakville Cabernet Franc

This takes some time to emerge – so I would recommend decanting prior to drinking to allow the aromas and flavors to “wake up”. This was a fairly backward vintage on release with – dense and structured. Aromas of baking cocoa, dark chocolate, sage, mineral and dried roses. Dense and powerful but the structure has softened with age. The flavors are very savory, grilled meat, dried cherry, mineral, tobacco, tea and pretty floral notes of rose petal– very complex and long. Sausage, hints of blood and iodine, also stone fruit notes like plum and nectarine. This was a very tightly wound and tannic wine in its youth and still has a lot of tannin present – but really wonderful. Drink now through 2019.

 

2004 Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon

A little plusher and showier than the Cab Franc with a sweeter core of fruit. But also driven by savory herbs, grilled meat, dried stone-fruit. Shows a wide range of complex bottle age characteristics of herb, tea, dried roses and dried fruits. Pretty compelling now and I’m not sure of the longevity. This is 10 years old now and I would drink now and over the next 5 years.

 

 

2005 Oakville Cabernet Franc

Pure and supple with classic flavors of dark cherry, sweet tobacco, dried herbs, mineral. This has a lot of density, richness and purity to it. Great lush texture that coats the palate. Really delicious and one of the most gracefully developed of the Detert Francs. Very sophisticated, supple, dense and long. Beautiful now, at a perfect drinking stage.  At its best now and through 2020 but will continue to age past that.

 

2005 Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon

Great texture and richness. Dark notes of black cherry, mineral, sage, dried herbs and stone. Nice density and persistence. Fine grained tannins and good richness but not as dense and sophisticated as the Franc. Drinking very nicely now through 2018.

 

2006 Oakville Cabernet Franc

Dried currant, caramel, coffee and cherry aromas. Nicely focused in the mouth with a core of cherry pie flavors; baking spice, vanilla, cherry and pie crust. Lush, rich and finely textured. Great balance of richness and sophistication. The finish echoes for a long time with dark fruits, provencal herbs and baking spices. Excellent – at its best now and over the next 5 years but should continue to age through 2024.

 

2006 Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon

A sleeper vintage, which on release was tightly wound and not revealing much aroma, texture or flavor. That has changed!

Nose of dark cherry, violets, cherry blossom over a stony, minerally layer that also echoes Provencal herbs and grilled meat. Great balance in the mouth with wonderfully smooth texture and flavors of dark cherry, cocoa, mocha, licorice and fennel. Sweet tobacco, black olive, floral and dark cherry notes linger for a long time on the finish. Delicious. Still a young wine; while it has developed some beautiful secondary characteristics from bottle age and has softened, it has the richness, density and structure for another 10+ years in the bottle. But I’d say the sweet spot for drinking this is now through 2020.

 

 

2007 Oakville Cabernet Franc

Aromas of dark cherry, bittersweet chocolate and anise. Wow! Dense rich and intense with dark cherry, black berry, tobacco, baking cocoa, fennel, anise, baking spices, liquid mineral and layers of flavors that unfold over the long complex finish. This has tremendous concentration and richness. Distinctive and utterly delicious now but probably hitting its sweet spot in 2015 to 2020. Should drink beautifully for another 10 years after that.

 

 

2007 Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon

Beautiful layers of cherry liquour, dried herbs, currant and olive aromas. This is a satisfying Cabernet now with supple, open texture and flavors of mineral, toast and cherry. Long and smooth in the mouth with lush tannins and lingering flavors of herb and cherry on the finish. Delicous now and over the next 5 years.

 

2008 Oakville Cabernet Franc

A late cool vintage that has always shown off the floral/herbal side of Cabernet Franc. This wine has beautiful aromas of sweet tobacco, sage and anise. This sings texturally, with layers of silky tannin unwrapping to reveal delisious flavors of fresh cherry, cocoa, anise and mineral. Certainly the most silky and approachable of the wines in this age range, but with such fine balance that I expect this to age well for another 15 years. Sweet spot for drinking is now -2020 maybe longer. But will certainly continue to drink beautifully until 2024. Mouth filling and luxuriously fine, silky tannins.

 

 

2008 Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon

Dense, rich and delicious. This is a real crowd pleaser with a silky texture and wonderful combination of dark cherry, black berry and cocoa flavors as well as black olive, tobacco and tapenade. Long and framed on a beautifully dense and lush structure. Great balance and purity. Beautiful wine that is drinking well now and may continue to improve but probably should be enjoyed now and through 2019.

 

2009 Oakville Cabernet Franc

Lush and decadent with a sweet core of fruit and dense but soft tannin structure. This is showing bright red cherry liquor, vanilla, toast, carmel and cocoa. Tobacco, cedar, olive and dark cherry in the mouth. Silky but present tannins.  This wine is very open and accessible now and will continue to evolve in the short term.  I would err on drinking this delicious Franc now and over the next 5 years although it may continue to age further.

 

2009 Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon: Available for purchase

Dark berry, plum, cocoa, violet aromas. Rich, dense and powerful in the mouth, with a long, sweet, dark-cherry entry and a dense core of fruit over a lush texture. Mineral, toast, vanilla, cherry, sweet tobacco and cedar flavors play out over the extremely long finish. This wine is a baby –fresh and lively with great density and richness and very fine-grained tannins. It will soften and become more expressive with a few more years in bottle. Delicious now, but great things ahead. I think the sweet spot for drinking is 2016-2025.

 

 

2010 Oakville Cabernet Franc

Powerfully aromatic with a fruit driven nose of black berry, plum and hints of nutmeg and vanilla. Rich sensuous mouthful of stone fruits, dark chocolate, currant and background notes of anise, tobacco and minerals. Long and textured with sophisticated tannins framing the finish. While delicious now, this Cabernet Franc will show even more richness and layering with a few years in the cellar.

 

2010 Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon

2010 Cabernet Sauvignon – Beautiful nose of dark berries, stone fruit and floral notes. Dense dark and concentrated showing cassis, currant and baking chocolate flavors with subtle layers of black olive and mineral. Densely structured and wonderfully textured. This too is drinking beautifully now with decanting but will continue to improve over the next decade.