| 1999 | 1998
| WINEMAKER & MISC.
1999Benchmark Wine Group1999 Marston Family Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
“A killer new Cab from winemaker Philippe Melka who also makes Bryant, Quintessa, etc. Great stuff and refreshingly old-school, stylistically. That is: balanced, tannic, burly, with a serious core of cassis. No gooey oak, flabby texture or sour finish here. And 100% Cabernet! Think Heitz, Caymus, Diamond Creek, Beringer Private Reserve. An excellent keeper for the cellar. You could give it 25 years of life. The vineyard has a great history and no other Cabs we tasted were close to this one.Wine News
Marston Family 1999 Cabernet Sauvignon - Spring Mountain, Napa Valley91 Points | Marston Family Vineyard
“Blue-black hue with a garnet rim. Spicy scents of black plum, blackberry, maple, new oak, cinnamon and mint. Tight, youthful flavors of black currant, black cherry, chocolate, tabaccoand toasted oak. Youthful finishrife with promise.”
to read articleWine Spectator
October 31, 2002 (Napa Issue)
1999 Cabernet Sauvignon - Spring MountainScore: 90 | Marston Family Vineyard
“Dense and tightly wound, with compact, concentrated currant, blackberry, herb, cedar and spice, turning elegant and firm on the finish. Best from 2004 through 2012. 500 Cases made.” – James LaubeWine & Spirits
December, 2003The Year’s Best Cabernet
95 Points | Marston Family Vineyard $60 1999 Napa Valley - Spring Mountain District Cabernet Sauvignon
Named Number One Cabernet out of 875 wines tasted.
“This glows with heady, autumnal scents of apple orchards, chestnut honey and beeswax all hovering over a tight core of fruit, potent and unyielding. It feels natural, a Spring Mountain classic to cellar for ten years or more.”