95pts Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Made from 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon State Ranch was aged for 18 months in French oak, 50% new. Deep garnet-purple in color, the nose is redolent of chocolate-covered cherries, blackberry preserves and black currant jelly with touches of wild sage, cast iron pan and cardamom with a waft of cumin seed. Full-bodied, the palate bursts with crunchy black fruit and loads of spicy accents, supported by firm grainy tannins and tons of freshness, finishing long and lively
94pts Wilfred Wong
The 2018 Nickel & Nickel State [Ranch] Lane Cabernet Sauvignon offers outstanding depth and length not often seen from the Yountville AVA. This wine shines it on with aromas and flavors of ripe red fruit, some black fruit, graphite, and oak. Enjoy it with a juicy, grilled ribeye. (Tasted: September 3, 2020, San Francisco, CA)
From the outset, this is one powerful, deeply expressive Cabernet with heady black currant, plum, and cedar aromas leading into a big, juicy entry. Layered currant and black cherry flavors are accented by elegant clove notes. Bold, coating tannins support frame the entire wine, and hints of wet slate add dimension to a dark, brooding finish.