The 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon No. 10 is made of 100% Cabernet aged in 47% new French oak and bottled unfined and unfiltered. Deep garnet-purple in color, it gives up roasted nuts, mocha, black currants, warm plums and earthy sparks, plus notions of black olives and dried lavender with a waft of tobacco. Full-bodied, the palate is packed with spice-laced fruit, with plush, velvety tannins and great freshness, finishing long and layered.
JCB by Jean-Charles Boisset Reviews
This is made entirely of Cabernet Sauvignon aged in 64% new French oak and bottled unfined and unfiltered. Deep garnet-purple in color, it has an exuberant nose of chocolate-covered cherries, cassis and blackberry preserves with suggestions of lavender, cigar boxes and fragrant earth plus a touch of wild sage. Medium to full-bodied, the palate has lovely restraint with understated earthy flavors and a firm, finely grained texture, finishing long and mineral laced.
The 2017 The Surrealist is a blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% Petit Verdot aged in 54% new French oak and bottled without fining or filtration. It has a deep purple-black color and whoa—the nose is ATOMIC—eliciting dynamic scents of stewed plums, crème de cassis, melted chocolate and licorice with gentle wafts of wild sage, camphor, tapenade and rose hip tea. Medium to full-bodied bodied, elegant, refreshing and with a delicately grained texture, the palate is densely packed with tightly wound layers, finishing with fantastic length and depth.
The 2017 Knockout is made up of 61% Petite Sirah and 39% Cabernet Sauvignon. It was aged in 36% new French oak and bottled without fining or filtration. Deep purple-black in color, it needs a little coaxing to unleash the barrage of tightly bound aromas waiting to explode: blackberry pie, blueberry preserves, spice cake, chocolate-covered cherries and star anise with suggestions of raspberry pie, mulberries and a provocative incense perfume. Full-bodied, rich and seductive in the mouth, the palate is not shy on structure, with firm, plush cushioning the long and layered finish.
The 2017 JCB Passion is blended of 56% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Cabernet Franc, 9% Merlot, 8% Petit Verdot and 5% Malbec. It was aged in 25% new French oak and bottled unfined and unfiltered. Deep garnet-purple in color, it takes a little coaxing to reveal youthful notes of freshly crushed black cherries, mulberries and red and black plums with hints of candied violets and chocolate mint plus wafts of underbrush and cedar chest. Medium to full-bodied, the palate has wonderful vivacity, elegance and freshness, framed by grainy tannins and finishing on a floral note.
One hundred percent Cabernet Franc aged in 50% new French oak and bottled without fining or filtration, the medium to deep garnet-purple colored 2017 Cabernet Franc No. 17 delivers a spritely, electrically charged nose of Morello cherries, boysenberries, wild blueberries and warm red currants with a fragrant undercurrent of underbrush, pencil shavings, Ceylon tea, lavender and crushed rocks. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is taut and sturdy with firm, ripe, grainy tannins and loads of savory layers, finishing long and earthy.