The 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate is a total knock-out. Winemaker Danielle Cyrot has done a tremendous job taming the Howell Mountain tannins. There is still plenty of power and structure, but all the elements are so well balanced here. Inky dark red fruit, iron, new leather, blood orange, spice, a kiss of new French oak and game build in an opulent, brooding Cabernet loaded with personality.
-Antonio Galloni Vinous, 95pts
The 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley is a blend of 84% Cabernet Sauvignon and 16% Petit Verdot. Deep garnet-purple colored, it sashays out of the glass with flamboyant scents of blueberry compote, Black Forest cake, preserved plums and blackcurrant jelly plus hints of Chinese five spice, violets and incense. The full-bodied palate is packed with juicy black and blue fruit with loads spice and floral accents and a plush texture, finishing long and perfumed.
- Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, 93 pts
This has both grippy mountain fruit characteristics as well as a sleekness, with racy-edged black currant, fig and blackberry fruit lined with bramble, apple wood and licorice snap notes. Features a strong finishing kick of fruit at the end, too. Best from 2023 through 2035.
- Wine Spectator, 93 pts