2017 Pulido-Walker ‘Melanson Vineyard’ Cabernet Sauvignon$285.00JD 97Jeb Dunnick 97: I suspect the 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon might be a candidate for the wine of the vintage with 4-5 years of bottle age. From a vineyard on Pritchard Hill, just across from Colgin, and 100 percent Cabernet Sauvignon, this inky colored beauty offers loads of blueberry and blackcurrant liqueur-like fruits as well as lots of spice, flowery incense, and subtle herbal undertones. Textbook Cabernet on the nose, it hits the palate with full-bodied richness, building tannins, a stacked mid-palate, and a great, great finish. It's one of the few wines in the vintage that comes close to rivaling its 2015 and 2016 counterparts. The cellar will be your friend on this one, though, and a good 4-6 years of bottle age are warranted.
2018 Monticello Vineyards ‘Jefferson Cuvée’ Cabernet Sauvignon$35.00Tasting Notes Dark, luscious aromas of boysenberry, blackberry and anise with tones of lightly toasted oak and hints of vanilla. The lighter tones from the barrels are a nice balance to the dark tones of the wine. On the palate, the wine is rich in texture, with a full-bodied mid-palate. The moderate tannins frame the wine very nicely as it enters a very long, lingering finish. Drink now through 2042.
2016 Coursey Graves Cabernet Sauvignon$86.00WE 91Wine Enthusiast 91: This is a small-production offering from a small producer. It opens in a beautifully floral display of rose and sage, following through with a substantial weight and breadth of cassis and black cherry. The oak is rich and rewarding while allowing the wine to remain balanced and elegant.