Photo of Detert library vintage bottles.


Since 2000 we have been showcasing our family vineyard in artisan production wines. Each vintage shares a common thread of characteristics, yet each has its own personality. Over the years the wines have evolved significantly, and from time to time we supplement our original tasting notes with our most recent impressions. Here you can find our tasting notes, both new and old, as well as the occasional critical review.

2007 Vintage

2007 Oakville Cabernet Franc

Tasting Notes

The fruit aromas on both of the 2007 Deterts have a penetrating sweetness that seems to be a hallmark of the 2007 vintage. The Cabernet Franc shows gorgeous black cherry and cassis aromas. In the mouth, the core of sweet fruit is backed up by layers of dark chocolate, mocha, anise, and mineral flavors. Wonderfully balanced with a big, smooth, rich texture on an elegant and restrained frame. On the finish, notes of cedar, vanilla, sweet blue fruits and cocoa persist. Long and sophisticated.

Wine Spectator Review:

Complex and layered, showing a core of ripe black cherry and berry flavors, with notes of anise, black and red licorice, herb and loamy earth. Full-bodied, elegant and refined, gaining depth and richness on the finish. Drink now through 2016. 92 Points

2007 Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon

Tasting Notes

Incredible aromas of cassis, liquor-like black cherry and graphite. Wonderfully rich palate presence on a tightly wound core. True to our Oakville vineyard, the flavors show baking chocolate and mineral notes layered with dark fruit flavors. Very long and seamless, managing to be both massive and refined. Impressively long finish This wine is a baby with an incredible future. It can be enjoyed now with decanting and will reward cellaring.

2008 Vintage

2008 Oakville Cabernet Franc

Tasting Notes

The 2008 Detert Cabernet Franc is one of the most approachable and plush textured Cabernet Francs we’ve made. It is similar in profile to the 2003 Detert Cabernet Franc which was also immediately pleasurable and drinkable on release.

The 2008 has distinctive aromas of dark chocolate, sage, black cherry, and notes of violets and peppercorn. The palate texture is soft, lush and mouth filling with flavors ranging across bittersweet chocolate, blackberry and cassis notes to mineral, graphite and baking spices. The finish is long, echoing the mineral, dark chocolate, dark berry flavors and spice notes. Rich and delicious now but will continue to improve with cellaring until 2020. 464 Cases Produced

Wine Advocate Review

The 2008 Cabernet Franc is a gorgeous, mid-weight wine layered with expressive dark fruit, smoke, licorice and sweet herbs. It shows fabulous balance and tons of harmony in an understated style that is very appealing. Smoke, herbs and crushed flowers round out the finish. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2023. 91 Points

2008 Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon

Tasting Notes

The small block of Cabernet Sauvignon at Detert was planted in 1999 (in comparison to the Cabernet Franc blocks which date to 1979 and 1989). The vines are now showing some maturity and greater complexity – as we’d expect around their 10th birthday. We’ve had some wonderful Cabernet vintages but this definitely ranks with my favorites. Like the 2008 Cabernet Franc, the flavors are open and accessible now – but will certainly improve over the next 10 years.

The 2008 Detert Cabernet Sauvignon shows intriguing notes of lavender layered over rich cassis, blackberry and mineral aromas. In the mouth this is smooth, plush, concentrated and palate coating – full of dark chocolate, blackberry, boysenberry and cassis over mineral, earth and toffee notes. Dense, rich and seductive with a long finish where the dark fruits and baking chocolate flavors linger. 102 Cases Produced

Wine Advocate Review

The 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon is another impressive wine. Blackberries, cassis, tar, smoke and licorice are some of the nuances that emerge from this classically built, structured Cabernet Sauvignon. The 2008 boasts striking inner perfume and fabulous length, while avoiding any sense of heaviness. It is a fabulous wine, and reasonably priced, too. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2023. 93 Points

2009 Vintage

2009 Oakville Cabernet Franc

Tasting Notes

The 2009 Cabernet Franc is our 10th vintage of Cabernet Franc from our family vineyard. This vintage shows classic Detert Cabernet Franc aromas of baking chocolate, cassis, anise and sage. Full bodied with mouth filling richness and wonderful texture that is both lush and dense. Delicious flavors of dark cherry, blueberry, anise and notes of mineral and baking spice. The long finish echoes dark fruit flavors and again shows off the rich soft texture of this wine. Delicious now but will continue to improve for a decade or more. 216 Cases Produced

Wine Spectator Review

A classy Franc that weaves together tiers of fresh earth, leather, sage and dried berry. Shows impressive focus, structure and length. Drink now through 2022. 92 Points

2009 Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon

Tasting Notes

The 2009 Detert Cabernet Sauvignon displays an enticing range of blackberry, cassis and mineral aromas. The palate is seductive - rich, dense and concentrated but also silky and smooth. Flavors of berry and cassis are layered with notes of baking cocoa and hints of black olive. Beautifully seamless mid-palate and incredibly long finish. The density, texture and finesse of this wine make for an incredible combination that is drinkable now but will certainly gain complexity for years to come. 167 Cases Produced