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2015 Sloan  (Napa Valley) 99

Deep, dark, brooding, powerful, rich, lusciously textured and packed with layers of sweet, polished, black, dark red and blue fruit. The tannins are soft and polished giving the wine the right balance between tannins, power and elegance.

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2014 Sloan Asterisk  (Napa Valley) 92

Soft, fresh, sweet and elegant, the purity in the fruit and the open, forward, refined style are the hallmarks of this wine.

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2013 Sloan  (Napa Valley) 97

Smoky, with an espresso tone on top of all the layers of inky, dark black and blue fruits. Powerful, concentrated, lush and rich, the fleshy character retains freshness and purity, awarding you a long, mouthcoating finish.

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2012 Sloan  (Napa Valley) 98

Deep, dark and powerful, the wine is equally round, plush and polished. Mouth-filling, sweet, multi-layered and complex, the fruit has a great sense of purity that comes through easily. If you like young Cabs, pop it now, else this will age for decades.

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2010 Sloan Asterisk  (Napa Valley) 93

Purity, refinement, and elegance, with soft, silky tannins and sweet ripe fruits in a forward style that is drinking at close to peak today.

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2009 Sloan  (Napa Valley) 95

Forward, easy to drink, medium/full-bodied with an open, lush character and plenty of blackberries, espresso, fudge and smoke. The wine is soft and refined in the finish.

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2008 Sloan  (Napa Valley) 96

Ready to drink, medium/full-bodied, soft, fresh and polished. The wine serves up its smoky, blackberry, black cherry, smoke, coffee bean and chocolate essence with little effort.

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2007 Sloan  (Napa Valley) 95

Inky in color, powerful, intense, massive and concentrated, this clearly knocks on the door of over the top. Frankly, many tasters will find this to be too much. Packed and stacked, this tastes and feels like Anna Nicole Smith squeezing herself into a bottle. But this is Anna at her prime and she does manage to fit, albeit snugly. There is length and persistence, as well as a teeth and gum staining palate presence. It is possible this will be easier to enjoy as the wine calms down.

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2004 Sloan  (Napa Valley) 95

Big, powerful, full bodied and intense, the wine offers an intense character, replete with blackberry chocolate, licorice, smoke and fresh, espresso beans. The long, fruit filled finish keeps on going.

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Thick, rich, intense, powerful and filled with lush, ripe, berries, oak, licorice and jam, there is a softness to the texture that makes this perfect for drinking today.

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2002 Sloan  (Napa Valley) 90

Amazing layers of concentration, but it was too hot and sported a spirity, raisined quality. This wine reminded me of Integrity. Lovers of that style of wine will adore Sloan. Maybe it will improve with age, but I think, last night we all agreed it was produced in a rocket fuel style.

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2001 Sloan  (Napa Valley) 96

Still holding on to its youth, the wine is massive, powerful, dense and intense. It is also a bit oaky, although there is more than enough ripe, sweet, dark fruits, chocolate, licorice and smoke to keep you satisfied.

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The wine remains powerful, dense, concentrated and youthful. Layers of intensely ripe, dark, black and blue fruits, jam, licorice and chocolate are all over the place. This remains a massive wall of wine, but one that is in balance and harmony.

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I do not know what has changed more over the years, my taste preferences, or this wine? Perhaps, it's a bit of both. 7 years ago when this first came my way, it was too ripe, powerful and over the top. But today, at 16 years of age, the wine is elegant, balanced, pure and precise. There is length and complexity and it's a lot of fun to drink.

2403 Views   Tasted 97

Showing a supple, rich, voluptuous, velvet drenched character. Fat, ripe, sweet and powerful, the fruit was as intense as it was pure. This is a palate staining, smile killing wine that is remarkably in balance. When last tasted, this wine was over the top. A decade later, this has developed into a stunning example of California Cabernet Sauvignon.

1965 Views   Tasted 98

This kicked off with spice, oak, coffee, blackberry, jam and tobacco notes. This full bodied wine was concentrated and had some tannins remaining. The wine concludes with blackberry and dark cherry along with oak.

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