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Albariño

88 | BEST BUY 2014 Hendry Napa Valley Albariño

A Wine & Spirits BEST BUY: A broad and grapey albariño, this wine’s lime and lime pith flavors have a leesy, slightly tannic feel.  This is cucumber-crisp, with a potent acidity that needs shellfish to bring it into line.

August 2015

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90 | 2013 Hendry Vineyard Albariño, Napa Valley

Brisk and alive, this Spanish-inspired white offers refreshing bites of ripe apple and bright citrus around the medium-bodied palate. It offers a subtle texture and a hint of minerality.

Wine Enthusiast | February 2015


Hendry Albariño 2013

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92 | 2011 Hendry Vineyard Napa Valley Albariño, Napa Valley

EDITORS’ CHOICE
Even in the cool 2011 vintage, this wine really shines. It’s bone dry, low in alcohol and high in acidity, making it a delicious accompaniment to a range of foods. Complex citrus, white flower and mineral flavors carry it over the goal line. This is one of the best Albariños of the vintage.

Wine Enthusiast | December 2012


88 | 2009 Hendry Vineyard Napa Valley Albariño

One doesn't see a lot of Albariño outside Spain, but this Napa Valley producer has consecrated some high price land to its growing.  The 2009 Albariño possesses crisp, citrusy fruit, light body and good purity as well as freshness.  This dry white is best consumed over the next year.

Wine Enthusiast | September 2010


88 | 2008 Hendry Vineyard Napa Valley Albariño

Good for Hendry for going with this Spanish variety. It shows the new trend toward higher acid, drier white wines that appeal for their directness. With its citrus, pepper and flower flavors, it’s perfect on its own, or with Asian, Mexican and grilled pork dishes.

Wine Enthusiast | September 2009

Pinot Gris

92 | Hendry 2013 Pinot Gris, Napa Valley

EDITORS’ CHOICE
A balanced and lilting 100% varietal white that touched no oak, it’s sublime in white peach and garden herb notes, with memorable minerality on the finish. Crisp and refreshing, it’s ideal for picnics, beach outings and pairing with light fare.

Wine Enthusiast | February 2015


88 | 2011 Hendry Vineyard Napa Valley Pinot Gris

(Best Buy) This wine’s ripeness presents itself as completely clean, its fat almond and fresh apple flavors lasting in their subtle, mild way. Its fruit skin notes bring candle wax and honey to mind while the finish is refreshing. For a summer aperitif.

Wine and Spirits | August 2013


89 | 2009 Hendry Vineyard Napa Valley Pinot Gris

The 2009 Pinot Gris exhibits a straw color along with a nose of poached apples, pears and citrus blossoms.  The wine shows more minerality and a steely character that I found very appealing.  Quite delicious, and like its sibling, it is a terrific bargain. (Parker's emphasis.)  It too, is best drunk over the next year.

Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate | December 2010


89 | 2008 Hendry Vineyard Napa Valley Pinot Gris

A beautiful Pinot Gris, completely dry and very crisp, that cleanses the palate and prepares it for savory foods. With citrus, floral and pepper flavors, it will pair well with grilled veggies, goat cheese or a delicious roast chicken. S.H.

Wine Enthusiast | September 2009

Barrel Fermented Chardonnay

Hendry Barrel Fermented Chardonnay 2012

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Hendry Barrel Fermented Chardonnay 2011

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Hendry Barrel Fermented Chardonnay 2011

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Hendry Barrel Fermented Chardonnay 2011

GOLD MEDAL AND BEST OF CLASS, 2013 GRAND HARVEST AWARDS
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Hendry Barrel Fermented Chardonnay 2010

GOLD MEDAL, 2013 SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE WINE COMPETITION
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Unoaked Chardonnay

88 | Hendry 2013 Unoaked Chardonnay, Napa Valley

This 100% stainless-steel-fermented Chardonnay is on the money in terms of crispness and acidity. Sour lemon and sharp wet stone mark it most, the finish quick and clean. This is a great food wine.

Wine Enthusiast | February 2015 Online


Hendry Unoaked Chardonnay 2013

GOLD MEDAL, 2015 SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE WINE COMPETITION
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Hendry Unoaked Chardonnay 2013

GOLD MEDAL 91 POINTS, 2014 PRESS DEMOCRAT NORTH COAST WINE CHALLENGE
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Rosé

89 | 2008 Hendry Vineyard Napa Valley Rosé

Hendry has been doing interesting things in lesser-known niches, including rosé, and this one, an unusual blend of all five Bordeaux red varieties plus Primitivo, is worth considering. It’s nicely dry and crisp, with flavors of cherries, tobacco, herbs, flowers and vanilla. Very Provençal. S.H.

Wine Enthusiast | October 2009

Pinot Noir

91 | Hendry 2011 Pinot Noir, Napa Valley

Lightly textured, this is an ethereal and sublime wine. Dark brick red in color but feathery on the palate, it offers earthy cherry around a core of subtle spice.

Wine Enthusiast | February 2015 Online

RED

92 | Hendry 2010 RED, Napa Valley

There’s a chocolaty nose to this wine, a blend of 33% Malbec, 33% Petit Verdot, 16% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Cabernet Franc and 9% Merlot. It offers structured waves of cedar, cassis and pencil shavings, with soft tannins.

Wine Enthusiast | March 2015


90 | 2008 Hendry Vineyard Napa Valley RED

(Best Buy) It’s clear that there’s something underneath the rich oak, but you have to give the wine plenty of air to find it. A day after it’s opened, there’s a beautiful scent of cherries and chocolate, the wood present but now just one element in the mix. Cherry skin tannins keep it dry, setting the wine on a claret’s path toward roast game birds like squab.

Wine and Spirit's | December, 2013


90 | 2009 Hendry Vineyard Napa Valley RED

Hendry’s 2009 Red Blend is a beautiful entry-level wine endowed with considerable depth.  Juicy red berries, flowers, mint and licorice all take shape in the glass.  Sweet floral notes add lift on the finish.  The 2009 is 31% Petit Verdot, 28% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Merlot, 14% Malbec and 13% Cabernet Franc.  I imagine the 2009 will drink well pretty much upon release.  Anticipated maturity: 2013- 2019.

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate | Issue 204


86 | 2008 Hendry Vineyard Napa Valley RED

There’s lots of ripe, jammy blackberry and cherry fruits in this Petit Verdotbased blend. It’s dry, robust, spicy and a little rustic. Drink it now with pizza or a burger.

Wine Enthusiast | December 2012


4.5 | 2007 Hendry Vineyard Napa Valley RED

Full, ripe and oaky; a Cabernet blend with medium richness, good balance and a persistent finish, tasting of blackberry, toast, cedar, black currant, black licorice, vanilla and kola nut.  Excellent. Aged 18 months in French oak barrels, 70% new.  36% Petit Verdot, 21% Malbec, 21% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Merlot, 11% Cabernet Franc. 1,300 cases.

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90 | 2007 Hendry Vineyard Napa Valley RED

Big, heavy, extracted, tannic and dry. That pretty much sums up this blend of all five Bordeaux varieties, with Petit Verdot in the majority. It’s potent in blackberry and black currant flavors, with an undertow of minerals. Should age well over the next eight years, without necessarily becoming more distinguished.

Wine Enthusiast | December 2011


SAINT HELENA STAR

Catherine Seda | Posted: Thursday, November 3, 2011


Star/NVV Panelists Like Hendry, B Cellars and Trinchero Reds

Hendry Red Blend, Napa Valley ($38). The owners have been farming the same Napa vineyard since 1939. This blend is quite a wine for the price and has 36 percent petit verdot, 21 percent malbec, 21 percent cabernet sauvignon, 11 percent merlot and 11 percent cabernet franc, with concentrated dark berry flavors and a tight structure.


92 | 2007 Hendry Vineyard Napa Valley RED

The 2007 Proprietary Red Wine has an unusual composition of 36% Petite Verdot, 21% Malbec, 21% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Cabernet Franc and 11% Merlot that clearly shows that Hendry marches to the beat of a different drummer. But it works. Dense ruby/purple-colored with notes of blackberries, cassis and licorice, it possesses good tannins, a narrowly focused mouthfeel but impressive purity and length. The sweetness of the fruit becomes more apparent with airing. This fascinating wine would be hard to peg in a blind tasting.

Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate | December 2010

Cabernet Franc

89 | 2009 Hendry Vineyard Napa Valley Cabernet Franc

The 2009 Cabernet Franc comes across as big and burly, but it also has considerable depth and intensity. I would like to see a little more varietal character, but this is a solid, well-made effort.  Anticipated maturity: 2014-2022

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate | Issue 204

Petit Verdot

90 | 2009 Hendry Vineyard Napa Valley Petit Verdot

The inky-colored 2009 Petit Verdot is loaded with black fruit, violets, grilled herbs and melted road tar.  The 2009 is quite intense and primary at this stage. It will be interesting to see what develops here over the coming years.  Anticipated maturity: 2014- 2024.

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate | Issue 204

Block 28 Zinfandel

94 | 2012 Hendry Vineyard Napa Valley Zinfandel Block 28

100 BEST WINES OF THE YEAR

George Hendry once helped farm the Brandlin Ranch on Mount Veeder, where he took cuttings of the old-vine zinfandel when the property was sold in 1995. He grafted that budwood onto St. George rootstock at his benchland vineyard west of Napa and north of the San Pablo Bay, where morning fog and offshore breezes in the afternoon help to cool the vines. This 2012 parallels the hearty depths of an old-vine zin, the ripe sour-cherry flavors driven by alcohol but not heated by it, the tannins buzzing with energy. It's brisk and bright, complex and joyous. (1,378 cases) Hendry Ranch, Napa, CA

Wine & Spirits | February 2015


2012 Hendry Block 28 Zinfandel

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91 | 2011 Hendry Vineyard Napa Valley Block 28 Zinfandel

While at first appearing black and overripe, this sheds its reduction with air, revealing a deep, soil-inflected richness and broad, gentle red fruit.  Saturated with a pungent black raspberry flavor, this would be delicious with seared duck breast, if decanted four or five hours before dinner. (955 cases) Hendry Ranch, Napa,CA

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2011 Hendry Block 28 Zinfandel

SILVER MEDAL, 2014 SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE WINE COMPETITION
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2011 Hendry Block 28 Zinfandel

GOLD MEDAL, 2014 AMERICAN FINE WINE COMPETITION  
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2011 Hendry Zinfandel Block 28

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2011 Hendry Block 28 Zinfandel

BRONZE MEDAL, 2013 GRAND HARVEST AWARDS
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2010 Hendry Vineyard Napa Valley Block 28 Napa Zinfandel

“Napa Zinfandels offer a dust-edged nuance that shows the variety's classiest side, and the best of our tasting absolutely echoed those characteristics.” 2010 Hendry Block 28 Napa Valley Zinfandel ($35, 15.9% alcohol): George Hendry and his family have been loyal to this grape through the years, working near the base of Mount Veeder.Their Blocks 7 & 22 bottle will be a pleasure inanother year, but right now the Block 28, grown on thin Boomer soils, shows a density and berryishtang, matched to heady blue-plum flavors, almost like slivovitz brandy, and a dry-bark edge.

San Francisco Chronicle | Is Napa Zinfandel Facing a Headwind? Jon Bonné, San Francisco Chronicle, Friday, December 21, 2012


90 | 2010 Hendry Vineyard Napa Valley Block 28 Zinfandel

Easy and gentle in mouthfeel, this has soft, velvety tannins, but the flavors are big and complex.  It offers waves of blackberry and blueberry jam, anisette liqueur, milk chocolate, bacon and white pepper as well as a smoky, creamy touch that melts into a long, spicy finish.  It’s high in alcohol, but wears it well.

Wine Enthusiast | Best Of 2012


90 | 2009 Hendry Vineyard Napa Valley Block 28 Zinfandel

There’s a fleshy mouthfeel and a taste of green olive that make this Zinfandel atypical, but which add to its appeal.  The varietal flavors show up in the form of ripe, robust, blackberry, cola, tobacco and spice, while Napa’s lovely tannins give it an elegant framework. Drink over the next few years for maximum freshness.

Wine Enthusiast | Best Of 2012

Blocks 7 & 22 Zinfandel

90 | Hendry 2012 Hendry Blocks 7 & 22 Zinfandel, Napa Valley

This opens with herbaceous dollops of thyme and fresh-dug earth and evolves slowly in the glass, revealing juicy black plum and berry. Medium in weight and density, it’s soft and leathery, with a lengthy, supple finish.

Wine Enthusiast | BUYING GUIDE, April 2015 print


90 | 2012 Hendry Vineyard Napa Valley Zinfandel Blocks 7 & 22

From nine acres of benchland soil west of the town of Napa, these blocks were planted to clone 2 zinfandel in 1975 and 1995. Aged for 15 months in French oak, this has the richness of a full-bodied claret, supple, heady and black. The dark fruitiness of cloud-ear mushrooms combines with a touch of volatility in the finish, a brisk, earthy zin to decant for braised lamb. (1,510 cases) Hendry Ranch, Napa, CA

Wine & Spirits | February 2015


Hendry Blocks 7 & 22 Zinfandel 2012

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96 | 2011 Hendry Vineyard Napa Valley Blocks 7 & 22 Zinfandel

The scent of this wine is worth the price of admission, a combination of sage, sun and wet rock, of forest pines and dark red fruit.  It reminded Wolfgang Weber, one of our panelists, of hiking in the north coast, “in the morning, when the sun burns off the dew and picks up the scents of plant resins.”  The fragrance may ground the wine in the Napa Valley hills, but the texture is pure benchland, about as silky as a wine can be.  The Hendry family farms these blocks of clone 2 zinfandel at the edge of the hills west of the city of Napa, one block planted in 1975, the other in 1995.  Those vines hit in 2011 with a deliciously plump zinfandel, the kind of dynamic red wine that proves Napa Valley’s greatness. (1,620 cases) Hendry Ranch, Napa, CA

Wine & Spirits | February 2014


Hendry Blocks 7 & 22 Zinfandel 2011

SILVER MEDAL, 2014 SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE WINE COMPETITION
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Hendry Blocks 7 & 22 Zinfandel 2011

DOUBLE GOLD MEDAL, 2014 AMERICAN FINE WINE COMPETITION  
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Hendry Blocks 7 & 22 Zinfandel 2010

SILVER MEDAL, 2013 SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE WINE COMPETITION
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88 | 2010 Hendry Vineyard Napa Valley Blocks 7 & 22 Zinfandel

This wine marries Napa Valley’s elegant tannin structure with Zin’s naturally briary rusticity, with good results. The flavors abound in wild berry, currant,tobacco, cola, tabasco and exotic spice. It will be great with grilled beef.

Wine Enthusiast | December 2012


91 | 2009 Year’s Best Zinfandels Hendry Napa Valley Blocks 7&22 Zinfandel

George Hendry grew upon his family’s vineyard in the hills west of the city of Napa. Today he divides his time between growing grapes and designing cyclotrons, though there’s nothing particularly scientific about this zin.  It tastes more of the rocky earth than of winemaking, the fruit providing a floral burst of flavor, the edges of tannin growing softer with a day of air as the wine grows velvety.  Its complex scents of herbs and mushrooms will match braised duck.  700 cases.

Wine & Spirits | February 2012


90 | 2009 Best of the Year - Hendry Napa Valley Blocks 7&22 Zinfandel

The neighborhood makes most of these wines ambitious in scope. ... 2009 Hendry Blocks 7 & 22 Napa Valley Zinfandel ($35, 15.2%): Hendry's parcels west of ... Classic Zinfandel, rich and robust and high in alcohol, with enormously ripe blackberry, cherry and raspberry fruit flavors, sprinkled with Zin’s pepper, cinnamon and clove spices. This full-bodied wine raises Zinfandel’s rustic nature to Napa elegance.

Wine Enthusiast | Buying Guide, Dec. 31, 2011


93 | 2007 Hendry Vineyard Napa Valley Blocks 7 & 22 Zinfandel

This grows on the nine acres of benchland west of Napa, one sector planted in 1975, the other in 1995. It’s a heady wine, as fat in the middle as a plump Napa Valley cabernet with distinctly zin-like floral notes of hibiscus, along with smoked paprika. There’s tension to the structure girding the wine for bottle age, though it’s delicious to drink now: a vibrant red for venison roasted black cherries.

Wine & Spirits | October 2011


90 | Hendry 2006 Blocks 7 & 22 Zinfandel

Warm boysenberry flavors meet an edge of orange zest acidity in the black, smoky zin.  It opens with air, integrating the heat of its alcohol into the fruit. For grilled sausages (2,200 cases) Hendry Ranch, Napa, CA

Wine & Spirits | June 2009


90 | Hendry 2006 Napa Valley Blocks 7 & 22 Zinfandel

From one of the best Zinfandel producers in Napa Valley comes this likeable, balanced bottling. It’s rich and spicy and succulent, yet complex and authoritative, and should develop over several years. Shows Zin’s briary, crushed wild berry and anise character, with impeccable balance and finesse.

Wine Enthusiast | November 2008

HRW Zinfandel

5 Stars | 2008 Hendry Vineyard Napa Valley HRW Zinfandel

Screw cap.  Exceptional Zin at the price:  full-bodied, supple and ripely flavored, with moderate richness and a long finish, tasting of blackberry, cherry, pepper and spicy oak.  Aged 12 months in French oak barrels, 10% new.  1,330 cases.

Restaurant Wine | Issues #139 and #140

Primitivo

Hendry Primitivo 2012

91 | Hendry 2012 Block 24 Primitivo Napa Valley
The producer does nice things with this 100% Primitivo, coaxing attractive, chewy, liqueur-like fruit from the grapes before aging them in French oak, just a third of the barrels new. The woody tones are well integrated, and the wine boasts a smooth texture and subtle power.

Wine Enthusiast | BUYING GUIDE, April 2015 print


Hendry Primitivo 2011

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87 | 2008 Hendry Vineyard Napa Valley Block 24 Primitivo

Tastes like Zinfandel, a tannic, dry spicy wine with blackberry, cherry, currant, tobacco and leather flavors.  Lots of richness here, and it wears its high alcohol well.  Enjoy with barbecue. 

Wine Enthusiast | August 2011


88 | 2007 Hendry Vineyard Napa Valley Block 24 Primitivo

Here’s a bright, dry and very fruity wine.  It has Zinfandel-like flavors of wild red and black berries and stone fruits, with lots of dusty Indian spices and vanilla-caramel flavors from oak.  The acidity tastes a bit unnatural given the high alcohol, but it’s a good, rich wine.

Wine Enthusiast | September 2010


90 | 2004 Hendry Vineyard Napa Valley Block 24 Primitivo

This wine wears its 15.8% alcohol better than any similarly heady wine out there.  Yes, it’s a bit hot, but the heat comes across as a slight chili pepper edge to the blackberry and dark unsweetened chocolate flavors, and the wine is, in its own way, balanced and elegant.   Hard to imagine a more perfect barbecue red.

Wine Enthusiast | February 2008


91 | 2002 Hendry Vineyard Napa Valley Block 24 Primitivo

For California Primitivo this wine advances the argument a mile.  It’s rich and ripe in berry, cocoa and coffee flavors, with a fabulously delicious finish.  What it has in common with Zinfandel is a briary exuberance, but it’s really closer in quality to a fine Napa Cab.

Wine Enthusiast | August 2005

HRW Cabernet Sauvignon

2008 Highly Recommended California Cabernets Hendry Vineyard Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

Dusty, fragrant, lifted aromas of cream, cassis, wood spice and cherry.  Quite stylish and finely tuned with good underlying acidity and a sleek, fine texture.  Lovely balance and wonderful varietal expression.

Decanter | February 2012

Cabernet Sauvignon

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED | 2011 Hendry Cabernet Sauvignon

Rich, toasty nose with savoury, meaty and firm black fruits.  The palate shows very ripe dark berries, chalky minerality and a hint of field mushroom.  Well-crafted with deep brooding fruit supported by the structure of the wine. Drink 2015-2024. 

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Decanter | February 2015


Hendry Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2011

SILVER MEDAL, 2015 SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE WINE COMPETITION
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Hendry Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2009

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Hendry Cabernet Sauvignon 2009

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Hendry Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2009

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92 | 2009 Hendry Vineyard Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

The 2009 Hendry Cabernet Sauvignon flows across the palate with gorgeous depth and richness.  Black currants, flowers, violets, spice and earth are some of the many notes that ring out in this medium-bodied yet fleshy, textured wine.  The 2009 impresses for its depth, polish and pure refinement. I loved it. Anticipated maturity, 2014-2029.

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate | Issue 204


91 | 2008 Hendry Vineyard Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

The 2008 Hendry Cabernet Sauvignon is another rich, extroverted wine.  Black plums, blackberries, tar and smoke are some of the notes that flow from this bold, deeply flavored Cabernet Sauvignon.  Grilled herbs and licorice develop in the glass, adding further complexity.  I especially like the plushness and depth of the finish.  Anticipated maturity: 2012-2020.

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate


2008 Highly Recommended California Cabernets Hendry Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

Dusty, fragrant, lifted aromas of cream, cassis, wood spice and cherry.  Quite stylish and finely tuned with good underlying acidity and a sleek, fine texture.  Lovely balance and wonderful varietal expression.

Decanter | February 2012


91 | 2007 Hendry Vineyard Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

This 100% Cabernet Sauvignon is very strong in blackberries, black currants and cedar.  It’s also quite tannic.  Clearly a rich, well-grown wine, but marked by immaturity , with unintegrated sweet fruit and oak flavors.  Needs a good six years to start to knit together.

Wine Enthusiast, Buying Guide Best of the Year | December 2011


90+ | 2001 Hendry Vineyard Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Block 8

This seductive, dense ruby, purple-hued offering reveals sweet crème de cassis and cherry fruit intermixed with spice box, menthol and underbrush characteristics. Round, generously endowed and pure, it is close to full maturity and should age effortlessly for 7-8 more years.

Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate | June 2011