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The 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon showed beautifully. Based on 98% Cabernet Sauvignon and 2% Petit Verdot, it reveals a dense purple hue as well as a great nose of crème de cassis and blueberry-like fruits along with ample green tobacco, lead pencil, sandalwood, and chocolate. It shows more and more floral notes with time in the glass and is full-bodied, with a beautiful sense of elegance and purity, silky tannins, and a rock star of a finish. This is straight-up gorgeous juice that can be enjoyed today or any time over the coming two decades or more.
Lovely aromas of black cherry cordial surrounded by chocolate sauce and oak
make for a juicy, yet smoky, entry to the nose of this bottling. There are a lot of tactile touch points on the chalky palate, where generous flavors of milk chocolate, cherry sorbet and toasted coconut are held together by a taut structure.
The 2018 Estate Selection is a blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Malbec, 10% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot, bottled after two years in barrel. Deep ruby-purple, it offers noticeable freshness and perfume, with pure aromas of cassis, tar and violets accented with tones of blood orange, mushroom powder, iron and game meats. The palate is silky and alluring with precise, iron- and violet-laced fruits and a very long, floral finish.
Dark and delicious aromas of black cherry and cassis are lifted by star anise and purple flowers on the cohesive nose of this bottling. There is plenty of that black cherry fruit on the palate as well, but it’s presented in an elegantly restrained way, with rose petals, cocoa dust and crème brûlée flavors all arising by the long finish.
The 2018 Estate Selection checks in as 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Malbec, 10% Merlot, and 5% Petit Verdot, and it’s another seamless, full-bodied beauty from this estate. Lots of pure crème de cassis, ripe black cherries, spring flowers, graphite, and toasted spices define the bouquet, and it’s a more plush, opulent sexy wine compared to the more structured Cabernet Sauvignon. This fleshy, deep, seamless, thrilling Cabernet blend should be snatched up by readers. It will compete with some of the top Cabernet Sauvignons out there.
Dark and concentrated in the glass, this bottling immediately reveals an elegantly refined polish. Aromas of blackberry, dark cocoa and black pepper lead into a palate that’s concentrated but perfectly ripe. Flavors of black currant, vanilla, toast and a hint of mint are wrapped in complex yet smooth tannins and ample, fresh acidity.
The 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon is outrageously beautiful. Super-ripe black cherry, blackberry, gravel, chocolate, leather, licorice and spice all race out of the glass. The 2017 is heady, explosive and absolutely alluring. It is the most impressive wine I have tasted here so far. Tannins are present, but well integrated.
Medium ruby-purple, the 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon, blended with 4% Petit Verdot, has a pretty perfume of rose petals, mushroom powder and graphite with notes of mint chocolate and thyme. Medium-bodied, it has super fine tannins and uplifted acidity that highlights its floral perfume, finishing very layered.
More pure cassis, violets, lead pencil, and flowery incense notes emerge from the 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon, which has another level of purity, precision, and elegance. Offering full-bodied richness and beautiful balance, with ripe tannins, it’s another gorgeous wine in this lineup.
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.
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.
Medium ruby-purple, the 2017 Estate Selection is a blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, 10% Malbec, 5% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot. It takes some time to release aromas of blackcurrants and blueberries, plus tones of iron, aniseed, mushrooms and dried roses. The medium-bodied palate is pure and spicy, with fresh lift, soft, grainy tannins and a long finish.
The 2017 Estate Selection is sensual, open-knit and inviting, all of which make it a fine choice for drinking now and over the next 10-15 years or so. Raspberry jam, plum, white chocolate, spice, new leather and mocha all build with a bit of time in the glass. Redder tonalities of fruit and a whole range of floral and spice notes develop as the 2017 opens up. Healthy dollops of Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Merlot and Petit Verdot round out this striking Cabernet Sauvignon-based blend.
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.
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.
The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon, blended with 2% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot and 1% Malbec, is especially fresh and fruit-forward and stands apart in this vertical of Crown Point Cabernet. Medium ruby-purple, it has inviting aromas of currants and warm plums, iron, tapenade and tobacco with hints of licorice and dried flowers. The medium-bodied palate is intense but lifted, silky and polished, with a long, layered finish.
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
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.
The 2016 Estate Selection is a blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, 6% Petit Verdot, 6% Cabernet Franc and 3% Malbec. Deep ruby-purple, the nose is plush, open and youthful, with savory aromas of blackcurrants, tobacco leaves, olives, dried flowers and cast iron. The palate is silky and seamless, with an extraordinary interplay of savory and floral character. Its refinement, uniqueness and length confirm the outstanding quality of the 2016 vintage, and this promises another two decades of aging potential in the cellar.
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.
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.
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
A blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon with smaller portions of Malbec, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Merlot, the 2015 Estate Selection, from a low-yielding, concentrated vintage, is drinking beautifully now but still has plenty of life ahead. Medium ruby-purple in color, it has pure scents of blackcurrants with touches of violet, cigars and graphite. The full-bodied palate is seamless and detailed, with a flourish of savory accents and fantastic layering and length.
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.
Made from 100% Cabernet Sauvignon that spent 26 months in new French oak, the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon is unquestionably the finest vintage from this estate to date. It sports a deep, saturated purple color to go with flat out gorgeous notes of crème de cassis, lead pencil, spice and vanilla bean. Concentrated, broad and expansive, with ripe, polished tannin, it’s a big step up from the 2013 and up with the finest Bordeaux blends I’ve tasted from Santa Barbara County. Give it a few years to integrate its oak and enjoy bottles over the following two decades or more.
The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon (100%) is drinking beautifully now and has what it needs to continue to evolve in bottle over the next decade. Medium ruby-purple in color, it has pure aromatic nuances of dried herbs, lilac, iron, game meats and mint chocolate, and the palate explodes with plummy fruits. It’s silky, fresh and perfumed with fine minty, earthy tones on the long finish.
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.
The 2014 Estate Selection incorporates smaller amounts of Malbec and Merlot and was also aged just over two years in new French oak. Its similarly inky colored, yet has a touch more freshness and purity in its leafy herbs, chocolaty dark fruits, graphite and mineral-laced aromas and flavors. Concentrated, structured and lengthy, with plenty of ripe tannin, it’s terrific today, in a youthful sort of way, but will be better with short term cellaring and keep for two decades.
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.
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+.