01 Guilliams, Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Spring Mountain District
Is this what rain tastes like before it falls to the mortal earth? A deific concoction of Romanesque cabernet, merlot, and cab franc, Guilliams' 2001, like the Elder Pei Mei, deserves its place at the top of a mountain. It's uncharacteristically complex, laughingly mopping the floor with similar wines from the Medoc. From a haunting black pepper nose to pure flavors of cocoa nibs, tiny tempered chocolate chips, freshly-picked blackberries, black currants, and beef tallow, it's profound. And it makes me salivate a mocha.