Winery Notes: “The aromas, flavors and textures cast a wide reach on the nose and palate. From lavender and violets to Fuji apples and the bramble of a raspberry bush, the aromas are masterfully sewn together. As you linger with the wine in the glass and expose it to air, the wine leans deeper into the darker aromas of kirsch and graphite. In the mouth, the flavors flow from the candied sweetness of chocolate covered cherries and red licorice on the front
of the palate to macerated blueberries and blackberries on the middle of your tongue. It finishes with spicy, dried herbs and savory roasted meats on the back of the palate. As the overall juiciness of the wine dissipates in your mouth, it leaves a gentle dusting of cherry-flavored tannins that coat the palate and prepare you for a second sip. “
Wine Enthusiast Cellar Selection 97 Points: “This red is earthy in tones of barnyard, sage and crushed rock, with underlying plush fruit. With 15% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc included, it boasts rich red fruit that broadens and lengthens the midpalate. It shows an enduring succulence on the balanced finish.”
Decanter 95 Points: “Very savory and spice-laden on the nose, showing aromas of cigar box, chicory, sandalwood and redcurrants. The palate is beautifully multidimensional: deep but bright, weighty and forward but with great length and integration. A definitive showing of Calistoga, built for at least two decades in the cellar but will also reward those who want to check in at an earlier stage. Brought up in 66% new French oak.”
Jeb Dunnuck 93 Points: “Based on 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot, and 10% Cabernet Franc, the base 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon is a beauty, offering classic currant and mulled cherry fruits as well as plenty of cedarwood, tobacco, and spice aromas and flavors. It’s rich and medium to full-bodied, with some grippy tannins and a classy finish. It’s going to benefit from 2-4 years of bottle age and keep for 15-20.”
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