98pts The Somm Journal
This bottling is a selection of individual barrels that prove “dark and hedonistic,” in winemaker Peter Heitz’s words. With dark chocolate-covered cherry leading the way, Black Label is brooding, but its nature is more sensual than temperamental. Graphite and cassis smooth out the meaty mouthfeel, bathed in spiced plum and violets. As deep and haunting as this wine is, it rises to a crescendo of brightness on the finish.
The 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon Black Label is built around a core of fruit from Leopoldina, with about 30% of the fruit from Fortuna. Black cherry, plum, chocolate, new leather and spice build in a potent, explosive Cabernet that hits all the right notes. In 2019, the Black Label is a real head turner. The flamboyant style offers tons of immediacy that will make the 2019 pretty hard to resist right out of the gate. Best After 2026
96pts Wine Enthusiast
A barrel-selection of the vintage, this wine stuns in its dynamic of power and elegance, revealing layers of dried herb, sage and violet around a core of seamless tannin. Dark choco- late, graphite and cassis are met by an undercurrent of darker berry and oak spice, with a refined, structured finish. This will do well in the cellar. best After 2029 Cellar Selection.
95+pts Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon Black Label needs swirling to reveal notes of blackcurrant jelly, blackberry preserves and boysenberries, plus hints of cedar, lilacs, unsmoked cigars and crushed rocks.The medium to full-bodied palate is delicately styled and refreshing, featuring elegant layers and a long and mineral-laced finish. Rating : 95+
95pts Jeb Dunnuck
The deep purple-hued 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon Black Label is another beauty that just screams “Oakville” with its darker currants, tobacco, black olive, and iron-laced aromas and flavors. Full-bodied on the palate, it has good acidity, a classic, focused mouthfeel, ripe tannins, and a great finish
95pts Wine Spectator
Delivers a serious core of warmed cassis, macerated plum and black cherry puree flavors that move in lockstep, carried by a graphite spine and flanked with judicious apple wood and alder. Very solidly built. Best from 2023
92pts James Suckling
Aromas of ripe blackberries, cooked dark cherries, earth, chocolate and sweet spices. Full body with plush tannins. Rich and creamy with lots of black fruit on the mid-palate and a compact finish. Try after 2023.
The wine immediately lifts with an essence of opulent cassis, dusty blackberries, ripened plum, and black tea spices. This aromatic force suddenly widens into a pure and powerful core of dark finesse. Dimpled tannins accelerate with wonderful focus and width, coating the midpalate with notes of black mulberries, crème de cassis, juniper, and graphite. This enchanting darkness carries through the marvelous finish with unparalleled beauty and clarity.