2015 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
A real blockbuster, our 2015 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon evolves in the glass, expressing aromas from cassis, mint, licorice, coffee, blackberry, brown sugar, hazelnut and almond. The wine is unctuous and powerful, with big but velvety tannins and lingering aromatic intensity.
This wine was sourced primarily from our Rock Arch vineyard block that was planted in 1982, making it the oldest block on our property. Producing a grippy, blue-black wine, Rock Arch is a unique and compelling backbone for our most profound and ageable cuvée. To this base (76.25%), we added cabernet from our Carolyn’s vineyard block that always contributes to our Vintner Select Cabernet, a splash of petit verdot, and for the first time ever, two barrels of our Reserve Claret went into the final blend, making it 97.25% cabernet sauvignon, 1% petit verdot and 1.75% merlot.
|Blend:||97.25% Cabernet Sauvignon
1% Petit Verdot
|Release Date:||March 2018|
The Wine Advocate: Issue 240; online
Coming 2/3 from Napa Valley and 1/3 from Sonoma County and containing small splashes of Merlot and Petit Verdot, the medium to deep garnet-purple colored 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve has pronounced creme de cassis, baked blackberries and warm plums scents with nuances of cigar box, smoked meats and tapenade plus a touch of sautéed herbs. Medium to full-bodied, the palate delivers mouth-filling, crunchy black fruits with loads of savory accents and a firm, grainy frame, finishing with fantastic length and vibrancy. 1457 cases were made.
Jeb Dunnuck: Online
Coming mostly from Napa Valley (one-third from Sonoma County), the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve is another rich, powerful, yet elegant wine from this estate. Beautifully sweet blackcurrants, black cherries, smoked earth, chocolate, leafy herbs, and mulled spices all give way to a full-bodied 2015 that has a voluptuous texture, sweet tannins, beautiful depth of fruit, and a great finish. It shows the flamboyant, sweetly fruited, concentrated style of the vintage yet stays balanced, layered, and is just a beautiful drink. It’s going to keep for 15-20 years.
Vinous: December 2018, Online
The 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve is going to need a few years in bottle to come into its own. Despite its obvious ripeness and inner sweetness, the 2015 is presently dominated by its firm tannins. A host of blackberry jam, leather, smoke, spice and earthy notes meld together effortlessly, while truffle, spice, dried flower and leather overtones add a distinctly wild, exotic character. Flamboyant and potent to the core, the Reserve clearly needs time to be at its best. There is plenty to look forward to, that much is obvious.
California Grapevine: Volume 44
Medium-dark ruby; attractive, forward, ripe, cedary, black cherry, cassis, and blackberry fruit aroma with notes of black olive, licorice, mint, and mocha; full body; forward, rich, ripe, concentrated, red and black fruit flavors with herbal notes, good depth and balance, a hint of dark chocolate, and some plushness in the mounthfeel; full tannin; lingering aftertaste. Showed some complexity as it developed with airing and enjoyable to taste now, though deserving a good three to five more years of bottle aging. Very highly recommended.