The 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon State Ranch is powerful and explosive in the glass, with serious tannins that give the wine its dark, brooding personality. A rush of black cherry, gravel, smoke, game and spice flows through the mid palate and onto the imposing, structured finish. There is a lot to like, but readers will have to be patient, as the tannins are imposing. The State Ranch is one of the more brooding wines in this range today.
94pts James Suckling
Lots of tar, minerals and slate on the nose but also so much black fruit in the form of blackberries, blueberry cake and blackcurrant essence. This is so polished and agile on the palate yet very concentrated and intense. Full body, dense yet structured tannins, a vibrant line of acidity and a long finish. Drink in 2021.
93pts Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Sporting a deep garnet-purple color and nose of cedar, baked blackberries and black cherry preserves with hints of menthol and violets, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon State Ranch is medium-bodied, elegant and fine, with just enough fruit, soft tannins and lovely freshness.
93pts Jeb Dunnuck
Black cherries, currants, incense, tobacco leaf, and graphite all emerge from the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon State Ranch, which comes from a site in Yountville and was raised in 51% new French oak. This terrific Cabernet is medium to full-bodied, has beautiful purity, and grows on you with time in the glass. It promises to drink well for 15-20 years.
Aromas of wild berries, violets and crushed stone open onto a palate of abundant blackberry, blueberry and cranberry flavors. Notes of cardamom and clove complement the fruit and rich, velvety tannins broaden the palate. This wonderfully fragrant and generously textured Cabernet will continue to evolve beautifully over the next decade.