Braised beef with bacon, carrots, and mushrooms
Black currants, sultry raspberry, dried strawberry, and plum skin with a hint of vanilla bean, black tea and mocha. Swirling brings a touch of sweet red fruits, dried herbs and wood spice. The palate is beautifully framed, with freshness, terrific density, persistent black fruits and silky tannins. Ageable, but the texture of the vintage allows for vibrant consumption now.
93% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Cabernet Franc, 3% Merlot
Quintessence, Angela’s, Shaw 32, Canyons, Hedges. Family Estate, Stillwater Creek, Scarline, Bacchus, Solaksen, Dionysus, Blue Mountain, Eritage
Fermented in 100% stainless steel tanks. Aged for 22 months in 95% new French oak barrels.
"The 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve sports a deep ruby hue as well as spicy, Bordeaux-like notes of red and black currants, new leather, tobacco, and spicy oak. Medium to full-bodied and nicely textured, with ripe tannins, it's going to benefit from 2-3 years in the cellar and cruise for at least 10-15 years. The blend is 93% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Cabernet Franc, and 3% Merlot aged 22 months in mostly new French oak."
94 points, Jeb Dunnuck, jebdunnuck.com
"The gorgeous 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve is a barrel-selection wine made with 93% Cabernet Sauvignon and small parts Merlot and Cabernet Franc, from the Stillwater Creek, Dionysus, Solaksen, Scarline and Bacchus vineyards. Highly refined in the mouth, it shows graphite tones combined with rich crème de cassis, blackberry pie and creosote flavors. It displays beautiful structure and length. Deep and concentrated, this is a scintillating effort that has a long journey ahead of it."
93 points, Owen Bargreen, Vinous