PLEASE NOTE: This item is three bottles, one each of the 2017 The Debate ‘Artalade Montagne Vineyard' Cabernet Sauvignon (JD95/RP94+/JS93), 2017 The Debate ‘Denali Vineyard’ Cabernet Sauvignon (JD95/RP93+/JS93), and 2017 The Debate ‘Sacrashe Vineyard’ Cabernet Sauvignon (JD97/RP95/JS94)
2017 The Debate ‘Artalade Montagne Vineyard’ Cabernet Sauvignon
95pts Jeb Dunnuck
‘Artalade Montagna’ is a raven black Cabernet Sauvignon with an explosion of minerality, warm stone, cedar and milk chocolate on the nose. A big, round entrance with granular tannins lingers on a silky finish wrapped in cherry, plum and potpourri.
94+pts Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Very deep purple-black in color, the 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Artalade reveals expressive notes of warm red and black currants, black forest cake and lavender with nuances of dried herbs, underbrush and pencil lead plus a waft of cloves. Medium to full-bodied, it has a firm, fine grained texture and lovely freshness supporting the red and black fruits, finishing long with a compelling hint of minerality.
93pts James Suckling
Blackberry, blueberry and fresh tea-leaf aromas. Full body. Dense and fruity. Lots of cool tannins and fruit. Drink after 2021.
Deep, dark raven black with touches of crimson red and candy red on the rim. Explosion of minerality, warm stone, thyme and oregano with milk chocolate, cedar, cinnamon and nutmeg. Big round entrance evolving fast on a mineral mid-palate with granular tannins and touches of milk chocolate, graphite and black fruit, lingering on a silky finish with juicy fruit like cherry, plum and touches of potpourri.
We consider the Artalade Montagna Vineyard 2017 to be Megan Rapinoe. Megan consistently shows beauty with a true personality that thinks outside the box. With a great amount of raw talent, she shows character, uniqueness and core strength while embracing her differences.
2017 The Debate ‘Denali Vineyard’ Cabernet Sauvignon
95pts Jeb Dunnuck
‘Denali’ is a ruby red gem of a Cabernet Sauvignon with an expressive nose of cantaloupe, elderberry, clay and tomato sauce. Soft as velvet from the first sip, the mid-palate is awash in fresh blueberry, boysenberry and lavender. The finish lingers with licorice.
93+pts Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Very deep purple-black in color, the 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Denali has a provocative nose of baked black currants, plum preserves and spice cake with hints of bouquet garni, cast iron pan, tree bark and tar. Full-bodied, rich and densely packed with warm, seductive fruit, it has a racy line of freshness lifting the long, chewy finish.
93pts James Suckling
A big, rich wine with a very solid core of fruit that shows dried berries, blueberries and spice. Crushed stone. Dry tannins. Full and intense. Drink or hold.
Shiny, deep ruby with touches of iris, mauve and blush on the rim. Expressive nose of cantaloupe, tomato sauce, pencil shavings, elderberry and clay, lingering on bacon, licorice and paprika. Soft, velvety entrance evolving on a framed mid-palate with fresh blueberry, lavender and boysenberry, lingering on licorice and bay leaf.
We consider the Denali Vineyard 2017 to be Paul Pogba. Pogba is the pivotal point, power, tower and stability in the mid-field (palate) distributing all of the components to the rest of the field. He’s the structure of the team dressed in perfect esthetic.
2017 The Debate ‘Sacrashe Vineyard’ Cabernet Sauvignon
97pts Jeb Dunnuck
‘Sacrashe’ is another deep, dark Cabernet Sauvignon with a nose that keeps fruit, spice and herbs well in balance, the red pepper flakes heating up cherry preserves. The entrance slides in like silk on a fresh palate with granular tannins. Mulberry, persimmon and plum linger on a gingerbread finish.
95pts Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Very deep purple-black colored, the 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Sacrashe sings of black cherry compote, wild blueberries, kirsch and cassis with nuances of raspberry leaves, fragrant soil, violets and unsmoked cigars plus a waft of cedar chest. Full-bodied, firm and grainy with lively freshness and loads of earthy sparks, it finishes long with fantastic freshness.
94pts James Suckling
A dense, juicy wine with ripe fruit and dried orange and a chalky undertone. Full body. Layered and beautiful. Dry and muscular, yet friendly. Drink after 2021.
Dark black oil with touches of scarlet and lipstick on the rim. Beautiful balance between fruit, spices and herbs with touches of espelette pepper, crushed red pepper flakes and rosemary, lingering on dark cherry preserve and fern. Silky entrance evolving on a fresh mid-palate with granular tannins, touches of mulberry, persimmon and plum, lingering on gingerbread and lilac.
We consider Sacrashe Vineyard 2017 to be Lionel Messi. Messi is an expression of speed and finesse that brings a depth and a beauty to the game which makes it so you cannot be indifferent or emotionless. The raw talent is so great that the quality is endless. Even when you think you know him, he comes up with more layers, tricks and moves that you never anticipated.