97pts Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon is a blend of 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Malbec, 5% Merlot and 2% Petit Verdot. Opaque ruby purple in the glass, it has an incredible perfume loaded with floral nuances, its cassis and boysenberry fruit tempered by a mineral streak and accented by notes of dried thyme, fresh tobacco leaves, mint chocolate, coffee and bay leaves. The palate is stunning, powerful but silky and fresh, lushly fruited and nuanced and finishing very long. While this 2018 is approachable and utterly delicious now, it will reward cellaring and should be very long lived.
95pts Jeb Dunnuck
The 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Soil Specific checks in as 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Malbec, 5% Merlot, and 2% Petit Verdot sourced from the easter hillsides of the Alexander Valle, aged 18 months in 50% new French oak. Lots of ripe black and blue fruits, damp earth, tobacco, spice, graphite, chocolate, and licorice all emerge from the glass. Medium to full-bodied, this rich, meaty, chewy, mineral-laced Cabernet has enough structure to warrant 3-4 years of bottle age. It's another beautiful, singular, concentrated yet balanced Cabernet from Katz that will evolve for two decades or more.
93pts James Suckling
A nose with hints of cassis, blueberry and sweet tobacco. Full-bodied with fine tannins. Balanced with a round, creamy texture. Integrated and refined tannins with a beautiful center-palate. Long, too. Drink in 2023.
This year's blend achieves full-bodied and elegant, offering layered, ripe fruit impressions - blackberries, cassis, and ripe blueberries. The mouth feel is dense and round, with smooth, expertly structured tannins and subtle dark chocolate, vanilla bean and light spice notes leading to an extended and lasting finish.
Blend: 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Malbec, 5% Merlot, 2% Petit Verdot