93pts Wine & Spirits
Kristin Belair makes this wine from a vineyard at the base of Spring Mountain, where the grapes became formidably ripe in 2015 (harvested mid-September at 27.9° Brix, fermented to 15.5 percent alcohol). At first, that ripeness comes across as berry jam, the alcohol extracting some bitter coffee notes from the oak in which it aged. But the supple density of the fruit wins out, and the oak feels more like a charcoal filter to clarify all the material in the wine—the tannins gentle, the fruit nudging it in blackberry directions. Decant this if you open it now; for any charcoal grilled meats.
92pts James Suckling
Aromas of plums, spices and chocolate follow through to a full body. Round and juicy tannins and a chocolate, hazelnut and currant aftertaste. Drink now or hold.
The 2015 Honig Bartolucci Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon shows rich red and black fruit characters framed by notes of berry pie, baking spices and toasted oak. The wine is balanced with fine grain tannins and hints of chocolate.