Oh man, the Taplin Cabernet Sauvignon will knock your socks off with power, persistence and deliciousness. Smell and taste chocolate covered black cherries, black licorice, blackberry liqueur, roast beef fat, cedar cigar box… classic Napa Valley floor Cabernet sensations. All this is nicely framed by sweet, toasty oak – carefully added. Drink now or hold for 10-15 years. This is an amazing value for killer Napa Cabernet!
Taplin is a family vineyard in west St Helena (in fact, it’s part of the Lewelling family purchase in the 19th century and neighbors “Lewelling Ranch.” I think this is the best section of Napa Valley for plush, sexy, rich-beyond-belief Cabernet Sauvignon. Here, of course, is a case in point. Julien Fayard, winemaker. “Terra 9” refers to the nine soil types found in the vineyard (gravelly loam appears to be the #1).