96pts Jeb Dunnuck
There are two Cabernet Sauvignon releases from this estate. Looking at the 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon first, it checks I as 87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Merlot, and 6% Petit Verdot that was aged 23 months in new and once-used French oak. This gorgeous, full-bodied effort has a wonderful sense of purity and balance as well as classic notes of cassis, blueberries, graphite, charcoal, chocolate, and lead pencil shavings. It's one of the top wines in the vintage and will keep for 20-25 years or more. It's a wine that builds slowly with time in the glass, so give it a solid decant if drinking anytime soon.
93pts James Suckling
A big, chewy cabernet blend with lots of extracted tannins that frame the rich, intense fruit. It’s a little old-school with all the concentration, yet it remains fresh and agile at the same time. 87% cabernet sauvignon, 7% merlot and 6% petit verdot. Needs two or three years to soften. Try after 2022.
This new vintage is turning out to be a stunner. Leading with graphite, pencil shavings, tobacco leaf and dark cherry. We started harvest on September 29th with our estate Malbec from Bob Healy Vineyard and ended on October 24th with Petit Verdot from our estate McQueen Vineyard. The 2017 has fine grained mid palate richness with an uber long finish. Across the board, the vintage has an incredible freshness to the wines as well. I would give this wine two more years in the bottle before opening or decant and watch it develop in the glass for an awesome experience. Drink 2022–2042.
Blend: 87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Merlot, 6% Petit Verdot