95 - 97+pts Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
This is a barrel sample of the final blend of 63% Cabernet Sauvignon and 37% Cabernet Franc. Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2016 The Ultimate Debate gives up bold, unabashed notes of baked blackberries and warm cassis with hints of chocolate box, yeast extract, charcoal and underbrush plus a waft of black truffles. Full-bodied, rich, concentrated and decadently styled, it has firm, ripe, velvety tannins and great freshness, finishing very long with exotic spices coming through. 600 magnums are expected to be produced.
THE ULTIMATE DEBATE is a blend of 13% Artalde Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Sacrashe Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Denali Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Sleeping Lady Vineyard Cabernet Franc, 16% Beckstoffer To Kalon Cabernet Franc and 9% Stagecoach Vineyard Cabernet Franc. THE ULTIMATE DEBATE 2016 is our innagural release of a blend which was produced in magnum format to share with your family and friends to continue THE DEBATE!