This is a radiant Cabernet. Each release, this wine marries fruit from the winery’s estate properties on Howell Mountain and Mount Veeder. It’s classic Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, capturing the essence of the vintage with its lively bouquet of violets, sandalwood, wild plum, and kirsch. The palate is dense and focused with integrated tannins and layers of boysenberry, crème de cassis, bittersweet chocolate, and tobacco. This is a wine that immediately impresses and will have a long life in the cellar.
“Moving to the reds, the 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley checks in as 89% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Merlot, and 5% Malbec that spent 20 months in 75% new French oak. Deep purple-coloured with notes of blackcurrants, blueberries, smoked earth, white chocolate, and crushed violets, it’s medium to full-bodied, ripe, and sexy, with a core of sweet fruit. It’s a terrific 2017 as well as a good value.”
93 points, Antonio Galloni vinous.com, Jan 2020
“A very reserved and structured cabernet with red and dark berries, as well as cedary notes and a savoury, iodine-like edge. The palate has a very balanced and composed feel with a sleek, focused edge to the fresh blackcurrant flavours. Drink or hold.”
93 points, JamesSuckling.com, Feb 2020