This is wonderfully balanced and refined with plum and currant character. Medium to full body. Juicy and delicious currants, berries and cherries on the finish. Succulent. Shows reserve.
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.
One of the standouts is the 2017 Surrealist Red Blend and I’d put this up against anything in the vintage. A blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% Petit Verdot that spent 18-20 months in 54% new French oak, this full-bodied, rich, powerful wine has a terrific, seamless texture, fine tannins, and a rocking nose of cassis, dried herbs, new saddle leather, and toasted spices. I love its balance, it has a great mid-palate, and it’s going to evolve for 20+ years.
Loads of crème de cassis, unsmoked tobacco, and exotic spice notes emerge from the 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon JCB #1. Coming from hillside fruit on the east side of Napa and aged in 64% new French oak, it offers a saturated purple color, full-bodied richness and power, light tannins, and terrific balance. It’s a seamless Cabernet Sauvignon that’s going to evolve gracefully for 15-20+ years, although there’s no need to delay gratification.
The 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon JCB #10 is a blend of three different sites and is all Cabernet aged in 47% new French Oak. It’s a step up over the #1 release and offers full-bodied, powerful notes of blueberry and cassis fruits intermixed with notions of ground herbs, crushed violets, and earth. It’s concentrated, has ultra-fine tannins, and beautiful balance. It’s a rock star of a Cabernet in 2017 that will evolve gracefully for two decades or more.
Made from 100% Cabernet Franc from a single vineyard on the east side of St. Helena, the 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon JCB #17 sports a deep ruby/plum color as well as a savory, complex bouquet of blackcurrants, dried herbs, loamy earth, and chocolate. With full-bodied richness, a seamless texture, and no hard edges, it's a stunning Cabernet Franc that does everything right. It’s stunning today yet will cruise for 15+ years in cool cellars.
The 2017 Knockout Red checks in as 61% Petite Sirah and 39% Cabernet Sauvignon from west St. Helena and Rutherford that spent 18-20 months in 36% new French oak. It offers a huge nose of brambly herbs, spice, pepper, and incense-laced red, blue, and black fruits. Ripe, full-bodied, and powerful on the palate, it’s a sexy beast of a wine and not for those craving lightweight aromas and flavors. Nevertheless, it’s beautifully balanced and holds onto a sense of elegance. It’s going to keep for 10-15 years, probably longer.
Including 3% Petit Verdot, the 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Generations is a brilliant Cabernet Sauvignon that offers textbook blackcurrants, green tobacco, iron, and salty mineral aromas and flavors. Rich, full-bodied, nicely concentrated, and textured, it's a beautiful wine. Drink it any time over the coming 15-20 years.
The 2015 Secret Indulgence Napa Valley Red Wine is the most expensive in the lineup. Made of 66% Cabernet Sauvignon and 34% Petite Sirah, it comes from St Helena and Rutherford. It spent 20 months in 66% new French and was bottled unfined and unfiltered. Cassis, currants, exotic spice, potpourri and licorice notes all flow to a full-bodied, ripe, sexy red that has sweet tannin, notable freshness and a great finish. This brilliant Cabernet Sauvignon is very much in the style of this ripe, voluptuous vintage. Drink it anytime over the coming two decades.
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.