If you're interested in a powerhouse Cabernet from a big name Napa Valley winery which still has 20 years of evolving in it, then this is the wine for you. Get out your favorite decanter and let the wine sit while you prepare Asiago-stuffed dates with bacon and smoked paprika. They will bring out the lovely, gentle notes of smoke in the wine. For the entree, think hearty and meaty. If you're thinking classic Cab-and-a-slab, then make it a beautifully simple steak au poivre. Grill it so that bit of char allows the smooth tannins to shine. Braised lamb shanks with leeks, eggplant, red wine and ancho chile will be perfect with the dense, full body of this Private Reserve. Rigatoni with homemade meatballs and a roasted tomato ragu just might bring down the house. Get ready for thundering applause winelovers!
James Suckling: "This shows really beautiful purity of fruit with polish and sophistication. The currant and cassis aromas are so enticing and really reflect the name of the wine. Medium to full body. Extremely fine tannins. Shows a level of freshness and agility that caresses the palate. Delicate and beautiful. Mostly Howell Mountain. Drink or hold." Nov 2020
Jeb Dunnuck: "The 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Private Reserve is brilliant, with a ripe, powerful style that’s going to age gracefully. Deep blackcurrants, dark chocolate, scorched earth, and graphite notes all emerge from this concentrated, powerful Cabernet that has ripe tannins, a big, rich mid-palate, and a great finish. It’s going to benefit from 3-5 years of bottle age and keep for upwards of two decades with no issues. Maturity: 2023- 2043." Jan 2021
Wine Enthusiast: Designated Cellar Selection. "Thick and concentrated in dense layers of cedar, pencil shaving and currant, this reserve-worthy wine is substantial in body wight and power, with considerable oak impact, as it was aged 20 months in 80% new French oak. Still, it shows remarkable underlying beauty, complexity and structure. It is a blockbuster that will do well in the cellar. Enjoy best from 2027 through 2037." Mar 2021
Robert Parker, Jr., The Wine Advocate: "Composed of 96% Cabernet Sauvignon and 4% Cabernet Franc, the deep garnet-purple colored 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Private Reserve springs from the glass with notions of red and black currant jelly, baker's chocolate, menthol and spice cake plus hints of violets, cedar and kirsch in the undercurrent. Medium to full-bodied, the palate reveals a firm, finely grained texture with tons of freshness backing up the generous fruit, finishing long and perfumed. Drink: 2021 - 2035." Aug 2020
Winery: "A deeply colored and rich wine with substantial backbone and structure will make this 2017 vintage continue to reward after years of careful cellaring. With bright notes of black currant and blackberries and a lush, juicy mouthfeel, this wine is also very approachable in its youth. Complex layers of black fruit and notes of cocoa powder, graphite and light smoky oak mingle well with notes of espresso and vanilla. The ripe tannins support a full structure with balanced acidity leaving a lingering, elegant finish.
Vintage: The year began with abundant rainfall, followed by a mild Spring. A Labor Day weekend heatwave kicked harvest into high gear followed by a cool weather break which allowed sugar levels to return to optimum normal level. By October nearly 90 percent of our grapes were harvested when fierce winds fueled the 2017 firestorm. Napa Valley's winemakers remain committed to making some the world's finest wines and early articles about the 2017 vintage describe the wines with words such as "finesse," "great complexity of flavor," and "elegant.“
||96% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Cabernet Franc, 1% Petite Verdot
||20 months in new French oak, 80% new
||Napa Valley, California
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