Vinous 96 Points: The 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon Black Label is built around a core of fruit from Leopoldina, with about 30% of the fruit from Fortuna. Black cherry, plum, chocolate, new leather and spice build in a potent, explosive Cabernet that hits all the right notes. In 2019, the Black Label is a real head turner. The flamboyant style offers tons of immediacy that will make the 2019 pretty hard to resist right out of the gate.
Somm Journal 98 Points: “This bottling is a selection of individual barrels that prove “dark and hedonistic,” in winemaker Peter Heitz’s words. With dark chocolate-covered cherry leading the way, Black Label is brooding, but its nature is more sensual than temperamental. Graphite and cassis smooth out the meaty mouthfeel, bathed in spiced plum and violets. As deep and haunting as this wine is, it rises to a crescendo of brightness on the finish.”
Winemaker Notes: “The wine immediately lifts with an essence of opulent cassis, dusty blackberries, ripened plum, and black tea spices. This aromatic force suddenly widens into a pure and powerful core of dark finesse. Dimpled tannins accelerate with wonderful focus and width, coating the midpalate with notes of black mulberries, crème de cassis, juniper, and graphite. This enchanting darkness carries through the marvelous finish with unparalleled beauty and clarity.”