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Score: 96 | March 10, 2022 | Jeb Dunnuck

I loved the 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon District Collection St. Helena, and this is such a sweet spot for world class Cabernet in the valley. Beautiful cassis and currant fruits, textbook tobacco, spice, and lead pencil aromatics, medium to full-bodied richness, and ultra-fine tannins all define this beauty, and while it’s already hard to resist, I see no reason it shouldn’t evolve for two decades. The balance, as well as the tannins, are spot on.

Score: 93 | March 10, 2022 | Jeb Dunnuck

Another gem is the 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon District Collection Rutherford, a more savory, red and black-fruited 2019 that has complex notes of tobacco leaf, truffle, and loamy earth. I love its tannins, it’s medium to full-bodied, and incredibly elegant on the palate. It picks up more classic green tobacco and underbrush notes with air and is a satisfying, complete, balanced Cabernet to enjoy over the coming 15-20 years.

Score: 95 | March 10, 2022 | Jeb Dunnuck

The 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon District Collection Oakville comes from the east of the valley and two separate blocks in the vineyard. It spent 19 months in 41% new French oak. Lots of tobacco, lead pencil, and both cassis and assorted currant-like fruits define the bouquet, and it’s ripe, balanced, and mouth-filling, with velvety tannins. It’s already hard to resist, but it unquestionably has 15+ years of longevity ahead of it. This is classic Oakville goodness.

Score: 94 | March 10, 2022 | Jeb Dunnuck

Coming from the northern part of the valley, the 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon District Collection Diamond Mountain boasts a deep ruby/plum color as well as a vibrant, surprisingly fresh bouquet of blue fruits, cedarwood, tobacco, and iron. Medium to full-bodied and focused, with building, ripe tannins, it shows its mountain origins and will benefit from 2-4 years of bottle age. As with all these releases from winemaker Stephanie Putnam, it will have not issues evolving for 15+ years.

Score: 94 | March 10, 2022 | Jeb Dunnuck

The deep ruby-hued 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon District Collection Calistoga is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon and was raised all in 32% new Saury barrels. It has wonderful balance as well as a medium to full-bodied, elegant, almost understated profile that builds nicely with air. It has classic Cabernet darker currants fruits as well as subtle tobacco, incense, and floral nuances. Again, the balance is terrific, and it should have no problems evolving for 15+ years. I suspect it will show more intensity with another couple of years of bottle age as well.

Score: 93+ | March 10, 2022 | Jeb Dunnuck

The 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon District Collection Atlas Peak comes from a mountain terroir located in the southern part of the valley, a terroir that always seems to yield structured, tannic wines. Ripe black fruits, scorched earth, tobacco, and ample minerality define the bouquet, and it’s medium to full-bodied, has building tannins, a focused, age-worthy profile, and outstanding length. Give it 2-4 years at a minimum.

Score: 94 | March 10, 2022 | Jeb Dunnuck

The 2019 1 1/2 Acre Red checks in as 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Malbec, 7% Petit Verdot, and the rest Merlot and Cabernet Franc. This perfumed, pretty, complex red offers loads of cassis, black cherry, and candied violet aromatics, medium to full body, a round, lush mouthfeel, and a great finish. It’s a big, ripe wine, yet it still stays nicely focused and vibrant on the palate.

Score: 98+ | March 10, 2022 | Jeb Dunnuck
Score: 94 | March 10, 2022 | Jeb Dunnuck

The 2019 Passion is another brilliant value and possibly the finest vintage of this cuvée to date. Based on Cabernet Sauvignon with 4% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot, from a mix of vineyards, it’s a full-bodied, round, straight-up sexy red that has lots of black fruits as well as notes of leafy herbs, chocolate, and earth.

Score: 94 | March 10, 2022 | Jeb Dunnuck

Blackberries, peppery herbs, leather, and sappy green herb notes all emerge from the 2019 Leopard, a blend of 56% Syrah, 32% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 12% Cabernet Franc. This medium to full-bodied, ripe, super sexy, seamless red will drink well for 10-12 years.