93pts Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Lisa Perrotti-Brown
The core of this wine comes from Sleeping Lady Vineyard. Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon gives up bold notions of creme de cassis, blackberry pie and chocolate covered cherries with wafts of fruit cake, plum preserves, garrigue and cedar chest plus a hint of unsmoked cigar. Med to full-bodied, the palate delivers mouth-coating black fruit preserves with a firm, grainy frame and lovely freshness, finishing long with loads of exotic spice notes coming through.
“With Purlieu, I’m trying to bring something that is of Napa Valley standard, while making it a little more modern,” winemaker Julien Fayard told me as I sat to tasted his 2017s. Having been blown away by his 2016s and 2015s for this label, I was very keen to see how he performed given all the challenges of 2017. “In 2017 at least 30-40% of the wines were culled due to smoke taint,” he informed me. While it was clear that, like the rest of the valley, Fayard was thrown a curve ball in 2017, in the end I think he managed it admirably.
The deep magenta robe invites an abundance of wonderfully sweet red fruit and floral notes on the nose. Sun-warmed raspberry compote, fresh white flower petals and sweet red fruits unfold in a vibrant palate marked by its perfect balance of brightness, sucrosity and depth. The ripe red fruit core pulses with fresh energy and fluid texture, gliding smoothly into a sensual finish of dried Moroccan mint. Production: 818 cases AVA: Napa Valley