2016 First Drop ‘Mother’s Ruin’ Cabernet Sauvignon
Tasting Notes Black fruits with a round mid palate, an elegant core of tannins and a textured finish.
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2014 Secret Door ‘1X’ Cabernet Sauvignon$175.00JS 92James Suckling 92: A young cabernet with verve, balance and plenty of currant and blackberry character. Juicy and polished. A beautiful, composed wine. Drink now or hold.
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.
2016 Cornell Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon$175.00WA 93JS 97DC 95VN 97Vinous 97: The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon shows just how far the estate has progressed in just the last few years. Powerful and explosive, with tremendous aromatic intensity, the 2016 is a rapturously beautiful wine. Dark cherry, mocha, bittersweet chocolate, new leather, spice, sage, and lavender add layers of understated nuance and complexity in this riveting, stunningly dramatic mountain Cabernet Sauvignon. The 2016 shuts down quickly after opening, which is probably a very good thing for its aging prospects. The 2016 is an extraordinary and deeply moving wine from Cornell.