93 Points, James Suckling
From the heart of the valley foor, each vineyard experiences nearly perfect weather with lingering morning fog and warm daytime highs.
Maintained moderate temperature during fermentation until dry, then basket pressed into 40% new oak for 18 months.
Although yields were cut short in 2020, particularly for red wines, as the intensely dry, low-yielding growing season helped deliver some intensely concentrated grapes, many were able to produce some deeply impressive wines capable of long-term cellaring. And precisely because there won't be a lot of 2020 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon around in years to come, collectors are already snapping up the few beautiful wines that were made.
Consulting Winemaker: Keith Emerson
Varietal Composition: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Appellation: Rutherford, Napa Valley
Harvest Date: September 26th, 2020
Aging: Aged in 40% new French oak for 18 months.
TA: 5.3 g/L
Deep garnet-purple in color, with notes of crushed blueberries, ripe, fresh blackberries and warm cassis plus hints of cherries, black olives, currants and a touch of black pepper. The full-bodied palate is chock full of crunchy black fruits, framed by ripe chewy tannins.
Aromas of fresh peach, Asian pear, citrus, and honeycomb to delight your senses. The flavors are just as complex with hints of Madagascar vanilla followed by fresh lemon, green apple, wildflower honey, stone fruit, and a touch of lavender. The rich, dense texture is balanced by its juicy acidity, leading to great minerality and a long, satisfying finish.
94 Points, Editors' Choice
Bold and berrylike, full-bodied and saturated with jammy blackberry and raspberry that coat the palate and give a luscious ripeness that keeps on giving. Notes of stewed plums, Morello cherries and raspberry pie and spice, wild thyme and hoisin. The palate is laden with red and black berry layers, supported by chewy tannins.