Sommelier Challenge – 94 points – Platinum Award
Rich Cook, 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley – September 22, 2020
This is a new producer to me, and the vibe here is new school Napa, with forward, almost jammy fruit, a dose of heat, and a “drink-me-now” style that has legions of fans. It’s well-executed and highly stylized. A Platinum Award winner at the 2020 Sommelier Challenge International Wine & Spirits Competition.
Connoisseurs’ Guide – 93 points
Dellar & Friedkin Vineyard 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley – December 2019
Although clearly favoring ripeness, this deep and very well-defined Cabernet is marked first and last by a keen sense of varietal precision. Despite being very rich, it never once comes across as being blustery or anything close to excessive, and, for a wine of its ample substance and size, it is very carefully balanced, exceptionally long at the finish and its tannins are not allowed to get ahead of its generous and juicy fruit. Five years of age are certain to make what is a very good thing even better, and we have no doubt at all that it will be drinking beautifully after another half-decade has passed after that.
Connoisseurs’ Guide – 92 points
Dellar & Friedkin Vineyard 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley – December 2017
A rich, generous wine, this one hits all the expected markers for top-of-the-line Cabernet and does it in a style that reaches for the edge of classic limits yet never goes beyond them because its fruit is absolutely deep and compelling, extremely well-focused and runs from first sniff to lasting aftertaste of currants, black cherries, cola and creamy, slightly caramelly oak. Its ripeness may bother those who want tight structure and high minerality, but the rest of us will be more than happy to take their share and drink some up in the next few years while letting the rest of our Stardust stash age in our cellars for up to a decade.
Wilfred Wong – 92 points
Michael Dellar has always been about quality. As a restaurateur, he has brought some of the food and wine experience to the world. The 2014 Stardust Cabernet Sauvignon is a classic beauty. TASTING NOTES: This wine is well-built and stays long and loving on the palate. Its aromas and flavors of black fruit and tantalizing oak accents should pair superbly with an artfully grilled well-marbled ribeye. (Tasted: April 23, 2019, San Francisco, CA)
San Francisco Chronicle – Gold Medal 2019
Cabernet Sauvignon $95+ – Dellar & Friedkin Vineyard 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley
Wilfred Wong – 93 points
If your palate needs to discover a new Napa Cabernet Sauvignon, then, the 2013 Stardust is the one for you. TASTING NOTES: This wine offers a complete experience in a bottle. Its aromas and flavors of black fruit, earthy dust, and oak accents last long on the palate. Pair it with a double thick cut of rare prime rib. (Tasted: April 23, 2019, San Francisco, CA)
Connoisseurs’ Guide – 91 points
Dellar & Friedkin Vineyard 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley – August 2016
Substance and solidity are the hallmarks of this dense, yet nicely rounded, full-bodied opus, and, while not at all lacking in varietal authority or structure, it shows a fair bit of polish and is as mannerly as it is rich. It is supple and fleshy in feel with exceptionally fine palatal length, and its neatly placed tannins provide a proper sense of Cabernet grip without imparting so much astringency that its enjoyment hinges on a long stay in the cellar. We would not pour it now, but neither would we wait for 10 years, and it promises to make lovely drinking some three to five hence.