Mad Hatter 2011
90 James Laube
Offers a solid core of rich, dense cedar, dark berry and crushed rock notes, ending firmly tannic and chewy, with persistent flavors. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Drink now through 2022. 2,000 cases made.
Mad Hatter 2010
95 California Wine Advisors
Rich, plush, and forward, this superstar effort is exemplary of the vintage. Deep and dark in the glass, aromas of black cherry, cassis, and bouquet garni waft from the glass. The tannins are polished and charming while expansive on the palate, furnishing layers of currant, cassis, cherry, and juicy red berries. Given the intensity of this wine, there is no doubt that it will continue to deliver pleasure for at least another decade.
92 Antonio Galloni
The estate’s 2010 Mad Hatter is a great example of this site and the vintage. Cool veins of graphite-infused minerality support a core of dark red and black fruit, mint, licorice, smoke, tobacco and incense. There is push and pull tension of fruit, acidity and minerality that makes the 2010 hugely appealing, even at this young stage. The 2010 is mostly Cabernet Sauvignon, with dollops of Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot.
Dancing Hares 2010
95 Robert Parker
Even better, the 2010 Dancing Hares is deeper and fuller with more structure as well as a lot of the sensuality exhibited by the 2009. Composed of 46% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot, 16% Cabernet Franc and the rest Petit Verdot, it boasts a dense purple color and notes of wet rocks, blueberries, black raspberries, mulberries, espresso and subtle background oak. The delicious aromatics are followed by a deep, supple, round, opulent wine with some tannin underlying the extravagant fruit. A beauty of purity and symmetry, it is capable of lasting two decades or more.
95 Antonio Galloni
Dark red berries, tobacco, flowers, mint and licorice all jump from the glass in the 2010 Dancing Hares Red Wine. There is a sense of energy and pure cut to the 2010 that is highly appealing. Brighter and more focused than the 2009, the 2010 captures the essence of this great Napa Valley vintage. Sweet floral and spiced notes ring out on the vibrant, beguiling finish.