The 2017 Resurrecton Red Wine showed beautifully and isn’t far off the 2016. A blend of 64% Cabernet Sauvignon and 36% Petite Sirah, brought up in 68% new French oak, it offers a ripe, full-bodied, beautifully balanced profile as well as classy notes crème de cassis, cedary herbs, scorched earth, and tobacco. Its tannin quality is terrific, it has rich, mouthfilling texture, loads of fruit, and a great finish. It’s going to evolve gracefully for 20 years or more.
The 2017 Secret Blend Red Wine is another outstanding effort and checks in as 47% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Cabernet Franc, 21% Merlot, and the rest Petit Verdot, sourced from five separate sites and aged 18 months in 49% new French oak. It’s a beautifully textured 2017 with lots of ripe, dark, chocolately fruit as well as subtle spice and earthy notes. Medium to full-bodied on the palate, with sweet tannins and ample fruit, it’s a winner from this estate to drink over the coming decade or so.
Based on 91% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Petit Verdot, and the rest Merlot, the 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Tarot is a seamless, elegant effort that represents a terrific value in Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. Made by Stephanie Putnam, it has classic blackcurrant liqueur, cedary herbs, chocolate, and a touch of dried earth to go with a medium-bodied, balanced, seamless style on the palate. It’s ideal for drinking any time over the coming 7-8 years, and it will probably last longer.
Coming from the Sonoma Coast, the 2017 Chardonnay Evoluna was fermented and aged 18 months in 30% new oak. It represents a terrific value and has classy notes of white flowers, toasted spice, and lemon oil, with just a kiss of background oak. Drink this medium-bodied, balanced Chardonnay any time over the coming 2-3 years.
Not yet bottled, the 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon JCB #10 shows the quality of the vintage and is a magical wine in the making. As with the 2017, it’s a blend of three different vineyards (100% Cabernet Sauvignon) and is resting in 55% new French oak. It has remarkable purity and freshness as well as full-bodied richness, ripe, sweet tannins, and classic blue fruits, tobacco, and earthy, sappy herb-like aromatics. The vintage can at times lack some mid-palate depth, but this is concentrated, balanced, and just a stunning looking barrel sample.