94pts Jeb Dunnuck
The 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Artist Series checks in as 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Cabernet Franc, and 1% each of Petit Verdot and Merlot, aged in 58% new French oak. Rock star notes of pure cassis and spiced red plums are intermixed with lots of cedar pencil, leafy herbs, chocolate, and spring flower aromas on the nose. These all carry over to the palate, where the wine is full-bodied, concentrated, and structured, with ripe, polished yet building tannins that emerge on the finish. As with the other 2017s here, the cellar will be your friend, and it's going to reward 4-5 years of bottle age. It's going to have 25+ years of longevity. Rating: 94+
91pts Wine Enthusiast
Aromas of green herb, vanilla, dried cherry, chocolate, cocoa and flower lead to rich, layered dark fruit flavors with plentiful barrel accents. It’s made in a rich, hedonistic style, drinking like a candy bar. It has enough stuffing to lay down for a decade or two in the cellar. Fruit and barrel play equal parts. Give the oak some time to integrate. Best after 2025.
91pts James Suckling
A soft, fruity red with currant, chocolate and coffee character. Full bodied, creamy and velvety. Flavorful finish. 85% cabernet sauvignon, 13% cabernet franc, 1% petit verdot and 1% merlot. Drink now.
Deep, full and resonant, with blackcurrants and blackberries, oak and sweet spices. Purity and freshness on the palate.
This enticing and deeply colored red wine shows a complex nose of baking spice, black olive and graham integrated beautifully with aromas of ripe black fruits. In the mouth the wine is rich and elegant, showing subtle notes of herb and black berry. Integrated tannins enhance the texture and give proportion; the finish is complex, generous, and long. While this wine can be enjoyed now it will benefit greatly from additional cellaring and, with proper storage, should develop for ten years or more.
Blend: 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Cabernet Franc, 1% Petit Verdot, 1% Merlot