Aromatics drift and sweep with red freshness and acid lift, drawing you into darker and more resonant tones of candied plums, dusted blackberries, and savory umami of sandalwood and camphor. With its hedonistic charms, this persistent aromatic presence compels the first sip. Flavor descends, coating the palate with richness, revealing an incredible sense of width and plumpness that builds momentum through the finish, which ebbs with echoes of its enchanting aromatic beginnings.
Wine Enthusiast 93 - This is an outstanding value for the quality: well made and balanced in ripeness and approach. Soft richly layered red fruit is met by a breadth and length of tamed acidity and tannin, the oak supportive but never in the way.
Wine Spectator 93 - Features cassis, cherry and raspberry puree flavors that show nice vibrancy, with a supple texture, alluring spice shadings and a late hint of apple wood. Stays plush and polished overall. Drink now through 2030. Tasted twice, with consistent notes.
Jeb Dunnuck 92 - There are around 1,000 cases of the 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville Reserve, a complex, complete wine with lots of blue and black fruits, unsmoked tobacco, new leather, and damp earth aromas and flavors. Rich, medium to full-bodied, it has the firm, present tannins of the vintage yet solid ripeness, purity, and length.
Wine Advocate 90 - Deep purple-black colored, the 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville Reserve opens with expressive blackcurrant cordial, mocha and baked plums notes leading to hints of sautéed herbs, charcoal and tree bark. Medium to full-bodied, the palate has firm, chewy tannins and takes a little dip in the middle before emerging to finish on an earthy note.
James Suckling 90 - A soft, fruity red with aromas and flavors of currants, berries, light chocolate and some walnuts. Medium to full body, round tannins and a flavorful finish. Very enjoyable now.