98-100pts International Wine Report
94-97pts Antonio Galloni, Vinous
95-97pts Jeb Dunnuck
2017 is the first vintage that Tor has produced a Cabernet Sauvignon from Vine Hill Ranch and it is a total beauty. The Cabernet is sourced from one of the oldest blocks in the vineyard and it is nothing short of spectacular. Beautifully defined, this Cabernet offers up seductive aromas of fresh dark currants, graphite and violets with underlying nuances of tobacco and earth. On the palate this goes on to impress as it displays a wonderful combination of power and sophistication as well as serious structure. This seductive red continues to deliver as it possesses remarkable concentration backed by a gorgeous deep core of pure Cabernet fruit that expands through the incredibly long, polished finish. A total success from Tor and his team with this utterly fascinating wine from this iconic site.
WINEMAKER’S TASTING NOTES
This is everyone’s Cabernet Sauvignon of the vintage, and a wine that may well go down in Napa Valley legend. Our first Vine Hill Ranch designate Cabernet Sauvignon, from the gravelliest soils in that great vineyard, in a typically red-fruited vintage this is all black fruit. Blackberry, boysenberry and black cherry layered with dark chocolate, briar, exotic spices and potpourri. Has the power and richness of the best Napa Cabernet with more of a classical First Growth structure. Jeff considers this perhaps the most complex and complete Cabernet Sauvignons he has ever made.