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2017 Crown Point Estate Selection

96 POINTS FROM WINE ENTHUSIAST

There’s a purity to the nose of this bottling that reveals deep, lush waves of boysenberry paste alongside a savory tone of charred beef. Polished tannins frame the sip, where ample amounts of rich black plum and blackberry are enhanced by caramel, coffee bean and mocha flavors, with acidity holding tight into the finish.
Reviewed by Matt Kettmann, Wine Enthusiast

94 POINTS FROM JEB DUNNUCK

Based on 55% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Merlot, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc and Malbec, the 2017 Estate Selection reflects what’s planted on the estate. It spends 26 months in 75% new French oak. This deep purple beauty boasts a rocking core of blueberry and cassis fruit as well notes of tobacco leaf, violets, chocolate, and spice box. Full-bodied, it offers wonderful purity of fruit, ripe tannins, and a balanced, elegant style.

93-95+ FROM WINE ADVOCATE

A barrel sample, the 2017 Estate Selection has a medium to deep ruby-purple color and bursts open with mineral notions of pencil shavings, gravel dust and sage with blue fruit sparks plus black plum, grilled bacon, licorice and oodles of cassis. Full-bodied and youthfully boisterous, it features intense, concentrated ripe fruits in the mouth with mineral and savory sparks and a frame of classy new oak, framed by firm, ripe, grainy tannins and great freshness, finishing very long with latent layers and energy.

2016 Crown Point Estate Selection

97 POINTS FROM WINE ENTHUSIAST

There’s an impressive amount of complexity on the nose of this bottling, from crushed graphite and concentrated black strawberry to cinnamon pastry, licorice and a brush of herbs. The sip is intense, with leathery but chiseled tannins presenting flavors of charred black currant, licorice, black olive, dried flower and white pepper.
Reviewed by Matt Kettmann, Wine Enthusiast

97 POINTS FROM JEB DUNNUCK

Deeply colored, it has a smoking good bouquet of crème de cassis, smoke tobacco, lead pencil, camphor, and hints of chocolate. This gives way to a powerful, opulent Cabernet Sauvignon that has plenty of sweet tannins, a layered, multi-dimensional texture, no hard edges, and an awesome finish. I’d happily put this beauty in a lineup of top Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon and blends.

95+ FROM WINE ADVOCATE

Medium to deep ruby, it has a nose of sage, bay leaf, cedar, mint chocolate, pencil shavings, blackberry and black cherry with nuances of leather, grilled meats and floral sparks. Medium to full-bodied, it’s luscious and silky in the mouth with wonderfully ripe fruits, a framing of classy new oak and mineral nuances. It’s supported by very ripe, grainy tannins—so plush—with a long, balanced finish. Pure class. It’s perfectly approachable now but full of depth and potential to grow and improve if you can keep your hands off. I tasted this after about an hour’s time in the decanter.

2016 Crown Point Cabernet Sauvignon

97+ POINTS FROM JEB DUNNUCK

The Cabernet Sauvignon-dominated cuvée is the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon (92% Cabernet Sauvignon with tiny amounts of the other varieties on the property). It’s cut from the same cloth as the Estate Selection, yet with just a touch more classic Cabernet blue fruits, purity, and precision. Blackcurrants, cassis, crushed violets, graphite, and lead pencil notes all give way to a powerful, concentrated, beautifully pure Cabernet that has ultra-fine tannins, a seamless texture, building tannins, and a great, great finish. It’s another magical wine from this team that’s going to benefit from 2-4 years of bottle age and keep for two decades.

95+ FROM WINE ADVOCATE

Medium to deep ruby-purple colored, it’s very youthfully coiled with lots of baby fat, opening slowly to sage and menthol sparks, graphite, cedar, tobacco, dried flowers and grilled beef with tightly wound cassis, black plum and black and red cherry compote plus notions of flowers, licorice and savory hints. Full-bodied and youthful, it’s packed to the gills with luscious fruits and a youthful framing of new oak, with loads of red fruit sparks and savory nuance. It has a framing of very fine, pixelated, detailed tannins and seamless freshness, finishing very long and full of flavor. Wow!

97 POINTS FROM WINE ENTHUSIAST

Aromas of black currant, toffee, caramel and coffee are wrapped in a lavish violet tone on the nose of this bottling. The tannic profile impresses, being polished yet firm and serious, and the flavors of deep strawberry, caramel, crushed stone and violet satisfy from start to finish.
Reviewed by Matt Kettmann, Wine Enthusiast

2015 Crown Point Estate Selection

97 POINTS FROM WINE ENTHUSIAST

Dark and thick in appearance, this estate blend from proprietor Roger Bower shows a tremendous cassis aroma, with splashes of smoke, dried purple flowers and baking spice. The palate begins with a lavish entry of polished tannins that still have some teeth, providing tension that carries the dark fruit flavors deep into the finish.
Reviewed by Matt Kettmann, Wine Enthusiast

94 POINTS FROM JEB DUNNUCK

The deep, inky colored 2015 Estate Selection is a blend of 71% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% each of Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, and Malbec, and the rest Merlot, aged 26 months in new French oak. This beauty boasts a fabulous bouquet of blackcurrants, melted licorice, cigar wrapper, and tobacco leaf, with more spice and dried flower notes coming through with time in the glass. Deep, rich, full-bodied, and elegant, with beautiful purity as well as ripe tannin, it certainly has the class to drink nicely today, yet will be even better with 2-3 years of bottle age and keep for two decades.

2015 Crown Point Cabernet Sauvignon

97 POINTS FROM WINE ENTHUSIAST

This winery is focused on setting a new benchmark for what Cabernet Sauvignon from Santa Barbara can be, and this bottling is its best yet. Beautifully layered aromas of black cherry, baking spice, star anise and crushed slate lead into a roasted palate of black plum and chai spices, with acid that carries into the finish.
Reviewed by Matt Kettmann, Wine Enthusiast

94-96 FROM WINE ADVOCATE

An opaque ruby-black in hue, Crown Point’s 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon offers up a lavish bouquet of ripe currants, fruit liqueur, incense, wood smoke and high-quality new oak. On the palate, it’s full-bodied, rich and powerful, with a sweet core of fruit, fine-grained but firm tannins and a long, giving finish. This is a dramatic Cabernet Sauvignon that fully embraces the unabashed ripeness that’s possible with California sunshine.
Reviewed by William Kelley, Wine Advocate

96 POINTS FROM JEB DUNNUCK

The 100% varietal 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon was brought up in all new barrels as well, and it too as integrated its oak beautifully since I tasted it from barrel last year. It’s inky colored and has a sensationally pure bouquet of crème de cassis, graphite, toasted spices, and crushed rocks. Possessing a touch of St. Julien in its minerality and pure Cabernet Sauvignon character, this rich, full-bodied beauty has a stacked mid-palate, sweet tannin, and a great finish. It’s a brilliant wine and up with some of the best Cabernet Sauvignons to come from this region.

2014 Crown Point Cabernet Sauvignon

96 POINTS FROM WINE ENTHUSIAST

A deep, velvety purple color in the glass, this bottling by proprietor Roger Bower shows dark-chocolate-covered black cherries, fresh blackberry, white pepper, violet oil, port reduction sauce and spice sake on the lavish nose. Firm tannins frame the palate, which carries black currant and roasted lean beef flavors through soy and pepper sauce into a finish of caramel and espresso grinds.
Reviewed by Matt Kettmann, Wine Enthusiast

94 POINTS FROM ANTONIO GALLONI

The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon is gorgeous.  Ripe red cherry, raspberry jam, mocha and espresso infused this supple, flamboyant Cabernet.  Silky and purple, with no hard edges at all, the 2014 hits all the right notes.  Even with all of its natural intensity, it displays a good bit of aromatic freshness and nuance as well.
Reviewed by Antonio Galloni

93 POINTS FROM WINE ADVOCATE

Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon offers notes of crushed blackberries, cassis and wild blueberries with hints of espresso, bay leaves, black soil and pencil shavings. The palate is a stark contrast from the previous vintage, showing off a very big, rich, full-bodied character, with velvety tannins and plenty of freshness. This is a blockbuster of a Cabernet Sauvignon with the volume turned way up!
Reviewed by Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate 

PHILIPPE MELKA​

“The 2014 Crown Point Cabernet Sauvignon undeniably blew me away. It is precisely what we should expect from Roger’s estate vineyard in Happy Canyon. This is an impeccable encapsulation of what he wants this wine to be: great minerality, a marvelous amount of richness and elegance. This wine should drink well and age gracefully for 25+ years.” 

2014 Crown Point Estate Selection

96 POINTS FROM WINE ENTHUSIAST

Extremely dense in the glass, this epic bottling offers lavish and penetrating aromas of black currant and elderberry jam on the nose alongside seared beef, chocolate cake and a pinch of violet. Expertly balanced, polished tannins make for a soft mouthfeel yet firm structure, carrying flavors of black fruit, chocolate and grilled figs that lead to an espresso note on the finish.
Reviewed by Matt Kettmann, Wine Enthusiast

94 POINTS FROM WINE ADVOCATE

A blend of 73% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Malbec and 11% Merlot, the 2014 Proprietary Estate Blend displays a deep garnet-purple color and nose of blueberry pie, crème de cassis, baked berries and spice box, plus touches of mocha, violets, black soil and charcoal. The very full-bodied palate reveals a behemoth of a Bordeaux blend, offering concentrated blue and black fruit notes and a very spicy undercurrent, framed by velvety tannins and seamless freshness, finishing with great persistence.
Reviewed by Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate 

PHILIPPE MELKA

“The 2014 vintage captures the character of this property and reinforces Roger Bower’s commitment to making unique and profound wines in Santa Barbara County. The 2014 is a perfect encapsulation of what we want these wines to be: uncompromised, indulgent, age worthy, and impeccably balanced.” 

2013 Crown Point Cabernet Sauvignon

96 POINTS FROM WINE ENTHUSIAST

Black as night in the glass, the wine delivers elegant aromas of olallieberry jam, baking spice, shaved chocolate, beef jerky, teriyaki and purple flowers. The sticky structure will age phenomenally, further concentrating flavors of coffee foam, soy-laced berry sauce, Asian pepper spice, and dense blueberry, black cassis and black plum fruit. Drink 2018-2033.
Reviewed by Matt Kettmann, Wine Enthusiast

95 POINTS FROM WINE ADVOCATE

Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon reveals slowly evolving crème de cassis, preserved plums and cigar box notes with a lovely earth and underbrush undercurrent plus notions of bay leaves and lavender. The medium-bodied palate offers lovely poise and is elegant yet intense, with plenty of youthful, muscular fruit supported by grainy tannins and finishing with a spring in its step. Give it another year or two in bottle and drink it over the next 15-20+.
Reviewed by Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate

2013 Crown Point Relevant Red

95 POINTS FROM WINE ENTHUSIAST

This is the first ultra-luxury release from this label by entrepreneur Roger Bower, the blend of 30% Syrah, 30% Malbec, 30% Petit Verdot and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon is a stunner. Dark as night and extremely viscous in the glass, this shows deep blueberry, uncrushed peppercorns and touches of smoked meat on the nose. Thick and lush flavors of blueberry smoked coffee bean and roasted meat jump onto the palate with glee. This attention-grabber will last for years, but it is very accessible out of the gates.
Reviewed by Matt Kettmann, Wine Enthusiast

94 POINTS FROM WINE ADVOCATE

Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2013 Relevant offers up a lovely rose petal, red and black currant perfume with suggestions of preserved plums, cedar, baking spices and chocolate box. The medium-bodied palate proffers well-judged, ripe, fine-grained tannins and seamless acid to support the fragrant fruit, finishing with the oak still poking through just a bit. Still very youthful, leave it for a couple of years and drink it over the next 15-20+.
Reviewed by Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate

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