One of the flagship releases, the 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon 29 Estate comes from the estate vineyard in St. Helena and is 95% Cabernet Sauvignon and the balance Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, aged 20 months in 85% new French oak. It has a deep purple hue as well as a concentrated, full-bodied, masculine style that's very much in the vintage. Blackcurrant, scorched earth, chocolate, tobacco, and licorice notes all dominate the bouquet, but this puppy is closed, backward, and in need of 4-5 years of bottle age. It's loaded with potential, however, and has ripe tannins and a great mid-palate.
- Jeb Dunnuck, 95+ pts.
Containing a splash of Petit Verdot, the 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon 29 Estate is deep garnet-purple colored with black currant pastilles, preserved plums, baked raspberries, underbrush and sautéed herbs with menthol and chocolate box. The palate is full-bodied, firm and muscular with a fair bit of chew and a clipped finish.
- Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, 91+ pts.
Violets, black currants, brambly blackberry and cocoa powder jump out of the glass. The entry is full and mouth coating with black cassis, blueberry compote, and hints of smoked meats and mocha. The perfect harmony between power and finesse, the ‘29 Estate’ Cabernet possesses such richness and concentration with a velvety texture and firm acid and tannin profile. Incredibly balanced and complex throughout, this estate Cabernet will be shining for over two decades.
Blend: 98% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Petit Verdot