98pts Jeb Dunnuck
A blend of all the single vineyards, the 2017 The Ultimate Debate checks in at the top of the heap, although not by much. This incredibly full-bodied, powerful, opulent beauty boasts a saturated purple hue as well as complex notes of cigar wrapper, toasted bread, licorice, graphite, and cassis. Never putting a foot wrong, with flawless balance, a deep, multi-dimensional texture, and a great finish, it’s released only in magnums and is going to be long-lived. Give bottles 4-5 years and enjoy over the following 30+.
96pts Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon The Ultimate is only available in magnums. It is a barrel select blend encompassing all The Debate’s single vineyards of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. Very deep purple-black, it leaps from the glass with exuberant black and red fruits - black raspberries, black currant cordial, boysenberries and red currants - plus suggestions of cinnamon stick, marmite toast, candied violets and dark chocolate with a waft of camphor. Full-bodied, densely packed and laden with dark fruit, it has a solid line of firm, ripe tannins and seamless acidity, finishing with a firework display of all those bright, refreshing red fruits.
96pts James Suckling
A tight, focused red with blackberry, blueberry, cherry and floral character. Medium to full body. So integrated and drinkable. Not worth waiting! Drink now or hold.
THE ULTIMATE DEBATE stemmed from the idea if both sides of an equation were to come together, the results would be tremendous. Imagine a utopian view of this country understanding and accepting differences; how beautiful would our world be? THE ULTIMATE DEBATE is our “Wine World” version of that, blending our Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc together.
Blend: 89% Cabernet Sauvignon and 11% Cabernet Franc
25% Artalde Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
53% Denali Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
11% Sacrashe Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
3% Stagecoach Vineyard Cabernet Franc
4% Sleeping Lady Vineyard Cabernet Franc
4% Beckstoffer To Kalon Cabernet Franc