92 Points - Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine
PATLAND Select Barrel Reserve Napa Valley 2011
Stagecoach Vineyard. If at first seeming a bit tighter and less forthcoming than its attractive companion from the same site, this deeply drafted offering simply needs a moment in which to stretch out and unfold, and it gradually proves to be the slightly deeper and more polished wine of the pair. It, too, conveys a sense of fruity precision and richness that is far from common in 2011 Cabernets, and, while a bit rough and tannic as befits its tender age, it shows a professional hand in its careful balance and crafting. Tag it for a visit once five years have passed, but do not be at all worried about hiding it away for another eight to ten years.