96pts Wilfred Wong
I have to admit that I allowed the 2017 Nickel & Nickel State Ranch hypnotize me. This wine is impeccable from start to finish. Its focused aromas and flavors of black fruit, dust, and chalk are long and boundless. Pair this wine with grilled ribeye and friends who love their Cabernets. (Tasted: September 5, 2019, San Francisco, CA)
92pts Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon State Ranch gives up chocolate-covered cherries, wild blueberries and warm cassis scents with touches of violets, star anise, mossy bark and crushed rocks. Medium to full-bodied, the palate offers a good amount of juicy fruit with soft, well played tannins and an earthy finish.
92pts James Suckling
Soft and easy with round tannins and attractive berry, currant, chocolate and almond character. Medium to full body. Delicious finish. Drink now.
90pts Wine Enthusiast
From a site planted to both older and younger vines, this is a juicy, tannic and chalky wine, textured in oak and tannin. Red and black cherry highlight a soft, supple midpalate that develops in the glass, lifted by black pepper and clove.
This wine demonstrates intrigue from the very start, with dark red and blue fruits on the nose. A medley of mixed berry flavors is complemented by subtle mineral notes. The texture is incredibly plush and velvety, showing ample balance, depth and complexity from beginning to end.