2019 Arietta Cabernet Sauvignon, Coombsville, Napa Valley, California (750ml)
Signature aromas of black fruits, ripe cherry, graphite, and licorice are the first descriptors that come to mind. But right underneath are notes of black tea, subtle fresh sage, currant, and iron oxide. This young wine continues to open in the glass, which bodes well for its future in the cellar. On the palate, there is ample acidity, working to sharpen the focus and to excite the taste buds. Even given its dark, opaque nature, the wine has loads of bright aromatic energy that carries through all the way to the finish. Strongly Californian in nature, this is a vintage that also appeals to our Francophile sensibilities, with its freshness, aromatic brightness, and yes—balance.
The 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon is brilliant. Deep purple-hued, with incredible cassis and blueberry fruit as well as tobacco, graphite, damp earth, leather, and violets, it hits the palate with full-bodied richness, a round, layered, seamless texture, ultra-fine tannins, and a great, great finish. This tour de force is going to evolve gracefully for 30 years or more. It's one of the finest wines I've tasted from this estate.
- Jeb Dunnuck, 98 pts.
Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon soars out of the glass with notions of crème de cassis, plum preserves and baked blackberries, plus hints of chocolate box, camphor and cinnamon stick, with a waft of clove oil. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is laden with crunchy black fruits and bold freshness, featuring beautifully ripe, fine-grained tannins to support, finishing long and layered.
- Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, 94 pts.
Youthful and 100% varietal, this wine is refreshingly complex in cedar, earth and barnyard earthiness. Thick layers of currant, cassis and dark cherry mingle around seamless, supple tannin and toasted oak, finding cohesion and harmony through a lengthy finish.
- Wine Enthusiast, 94 pts.
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