2019 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
This dark and mysterious beauty introduces itself with a massive, forward black fruit profile supported by black tea, sweet pipe tobacco, sandalwood and diverse savory notes. On the palate there is an active interplay between the wine’s fruit, acid and structure, with each element taking a turn as the star.
A great vintage yielded a spectacular wine worthy of superlatives. While every year we can count on the oldest vineyard block on our property, our Rock Arch cabernet, to produce a concentrated wine with big tannins and great acidity, this wine shines most brightly when it is able to achieve balance through the ripening and attenuation of the tannins during an extended hang time. This was certainly the case in 2019, where cool fall weather allowed us to delay harvesting this block until well into November. The result is an intense, structured, blue-black wine loaded with complexity that has decades of life ahead of it.
|Blend:||92% Cabernet Sauvignon
8% Petit Verdot
|Release Date:||March 2022|
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine: December 2022 - Rating: 93
Building upon its reserves of depth and layering, this still-developing effort will seem a little too tight for immediate drinking, and those with patience will be happy to lay it away for six to ten years while it develops. It tries hard to convince that it has early approachability with its nicely outgoing aromas of cassis, rich soils, oak and hints of spices and dried herbs, but do not be misled either by the nose or by suggestions of suppleness in its entry texture. Any notions of that sort are quickly undone by the wine’s underlying firmness or by the polished edge to its significant tannins. Along with its toprated mates, it will age for a decade.