the 2010 vintage. . .
"The 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon from Pied a Terre is absolutely gorgeous. A soft, refined wine, the 2010 shows the more feminine side of the vintage in its sweet red berries, spices and crushed flowers. A hint of sweet French oak supports the pliant, expressive finish. Simply put, readers will have a hard time finding a better California Cabernet Sauvignon for the money."
"The surprise wine of the year... I liked the wine. I loved the wine. I swooned over the wine. Now, don't get me wrong, this is not Bordeaux, this wine is very California as a California Cabernet should be. It had ripe fruit, but not like 34 brix, 18% fruit, but lovely restrained and juicy fruit with a clarity that I could not believe. Wonderful, elegant tannins and lovely dusty, tarry tobacco flavors. It lingered... utterly classic. I thought I was transported back to the mid 70's when there was no finer Cabernet in the world than that of the Cabernet Sauvignon of California. "
"This is the wine of a genius who refuses to make any compromises. This prodigious effort is an example of the best viticultural management and most terrific winemaking talent. The wine has an inky purple color to the rim and an extraordinarily sweet, expansive nose of blueberries, licorice, acacia flowers, and creme de cassis with a hint of aromatic exotic spices. Lovely concentration, extraordinary purity, a multi-layered, a medium full-bodied palate, and a magnificent finish. Great job Richard Luftig. Flawless integration of acidity, wood, tannin, and alcohol are present in this very fragrant(blackberries and cassis) wine, with opulent body, very lush tannins, and great acidity. It is seamlessly constructed, beautifully long, elegant but a substantial CABERNET that should drink nicely for 10 or more years. IMMACULATE."
the 2008 vintage
"The '08 vintage is terrific and it's a steal at under $30."
The 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon from Pied à Terre has all the makings of what I would call, excuse the cheesiness but March Madness has had its influence on me, a Slam Dunk...
Very elegant. Lots of red fruit with a soft silky finish. But NOT wimpy. A California Cabernet that I can wholeheartedly recommend and know that the customer is getting a deal? Not as easy to find as one would hope, but here you go... the 2008 Pied à Terre Cab spent 18 months in barrel and has solid structure lurking underneath all that blueberry/red fruit goodness along with well-integrated oaky notes.
Pied à Terre is one of the best values in Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon with pedigree and prestige. A drinkable Cabernet that won't break the bank and will continue to cellar for 8-10 years.
of the year."