2019 AXR Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, USA (750ml)
Winemaker Jean Hoefliger sources grapes from the Denali Vineyard and V Madrone in St Helena, Furtado and Sleeping Lady in Yountville, and Ballard Vineyards on Spring Mountain. Restrained on the nose at first, with subtle dark fruits coated in fine graham cracker crumb, sweet cedar and chocolate. But the wine builds on the palate revealing dried strawberry, ripe boysenberry and traces of blue fruit, herbs and mineral flourishes, enrobed in palate-etching tannins. A tremendous wine. - Decanter, 97 pts
The 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon AXR Napa Valley is the flagship release from this estate. It's another deeply hued Cabernet Sauvignon and offers a more dense, concentrated, mineral-laced style in its black and blue fruits, spicy oak, notes of graphite and lead pencil, full-bodied richness, and one heck of a great finish. It needs to be forgotten for a solid 4-5 years and will evolve for 20 years or more.
- Jeb Dunnuck, 96 pts
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