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The 2020 Cabernet Sauvignon comes from more volcanic, hillside parcels and is 97% Cabernet Sauvignon with 3% Petit Verdot. Aged in 50% new and 50% once used French oak, it sports a deep plum/purple hue followed by Saint-Julien like notes of crème de cassis, spicy oak, spring flowers, and smoked tobacco. The real deal, it’s full-bodied, concentrated, and structured, with incredible purity and precision, ripe tannins, and a great finish. Another sensational Bordeaux blend from this team, it has some up-front appeal yet won’t hit maturity for another 7-8 years and will be a 30+ year wine. Bravo!

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The 2020 Cabernet Sauvignon is blended with 3% Petit Verdot and was matured for 22 months. It has slowly unfurling layers of cassis, thyme, allspice, roasted lamb, cedar and pencil shavings. The full-bodied palate is powerful and structurally harmonious with cashmere-textured tannins and seamless acidity. It has a highly concentrated core of savory, mineral-driven fruit at this youthful stage and a long, spicy finish. It will be long lived in the cellar.

2020 Crown Point estate selection

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Checking in as 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Cabernet Franc, and the rest Malbec, Petit Verdot, and Merlot, the 2020 Estate Selection is sourced from the more loamy, flatter portions of the estate. It reveals another level of purity and precision, with awesome aromatics of crème de cassis, black raspberries, tru!y earth, graphite, and spring flowers. This medium to fullbodied, pure, incredibly elegant red has ultra-fine tannins, flawless balance, and a great finish. It will have 20-25 years of longevity.

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The 2020 Estate Selection is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. It has layered aromas of cassis, iron, grilled game meats, soy sauce and bitter chocolate with alluring, herbal undertones. The full-bodied palate has a deep core of spicy fruit, cashmere-textured tannins, seamless freshness and a long, latent finish. It will benefit from 3-5 years in bottle.

2020 Crown Point relevant

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Dark blackberry aromas are wrapped in spicy oak and nuanced in clipped oregano on the nose of this bottling. The palate offers rich flavor of caramel, baked red fruit and coffee bean, riding atop creamy tannins. Expect graceful aging, so drink now – 2034.

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The 2020 Relevant comes from younger vines and more loamy soils and is based on 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Malbec, and 5% each Merlot and Petit Verdot. Its deep ruby/plum hue is followed by a gorgeous bouquet of blackcurrants, mulled cherries, tobacco, chocolate, and spicy oak. Rich and medium to full-bodied, it has beautiful fruit, a great mid-palate, and velvety yet still present tannins. A gorgeous wine, it would run you twice the cost if it were from Napa.



The 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon, blended with 10% Cabernet Franc, has opened significantly since I tasted it in March of 2022. Deep ruby in color, its aromatics have become more layered, with ringing tones of violet complementing blueberry, black cherry and redcurrants, plus sparks of aniseed, prosciutto and desert herbs. The palate is plush and supple, offering alluring spicy accents and generous, yet never onerous, fruit. Refreshing bursts of acidity call you back to the glass, and it finishes with fantastic length. It blossoms considerably as it spends time in the glass, alluding to continued evolution in bottle.

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The 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon (90% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Cabernet Franc) is brilliant, with a medium to full-bodied, vibrant, focused, elegant profile revealing pure cassis fruit, some background oak, and silky tannins that emerge on the finish. Aged 23 months in 50% new barrels, everything is in the right place, it’s balanced, and can be drunk any time over the coming 15+ years.

2019 Crown Point estate selection


The 2019 Estate Selection is a blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Cabernet Franc, and 5% each of Malbec, Petit Verdot and Merlot. It has a deep ruby color and pretty wafts of mint chocolate, thyme, violet, soy sauce and fennel with a core of ripe blackcurrants. The medium-bodied palate is velvety, expansive and seamless with energetic acidity and haunting herbal wafts on the finish. It’s a very drinkable style that nonetheless has the potential to develop positively in bottle over the next decade.

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The 2019 Estate Selection is more of a blend and is based on 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Cabernet Franc, and 5% each of Merlot, Petit Verdot, and Malbec, all aged in 50% new barrels. It’s a stunner, offering beautiful purity in its cassis, darker cherry, and blackberry-like fruits as well as notes of graphite and chalky minerality. Medium to full-bodied on the palate, it’s perfectly balanced, has great tannins, plenty of midpalate depth, and outstanding length. Drink it over the coming 10-15 years.

2019 Crown Point Relevant

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A dense crème de cassis aroma shows a serious edge of loamy soil, bittersweet cocoa and roasted rib eye on the nose. The palate is wrapped in smooth yet structural tannins, offering charred black currant, black olive and more cocoa, with a sizzle of acidity persistent throughout.

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The 2019 Relevant Cabernet Sauvignon matured for 20 months in new, once- and twice-filled French oak barrels. Deep ruby, it features pure aromas of cassis, grilled meats, warm chocolate, dried herbs, roasted peppers and hints of violet. The medium-bodied palate is powdery and fresh, striking a balance between ripe blackcurrant fruit, classy new oak spices and alluring herbal streaks. It’s a balanced, drinkable style of Cabernet that’s a pleasure to drink!



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.

2017 Crown Point Cabernet Sauvignon


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.

2017 Crown Point Estate Selection


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.

2016 Crown Point Cabernet Sauvignon


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.

2016 Crown Point Estate Selection


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.
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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.

2015 Crown Point Cabernet Sauvignon


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.

2015 Crown Point Estate Selection


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.
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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.

2014 Crown Point Cabernet Sauvignon


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.

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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.

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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.

2014 Crown Point Estate Selection


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.

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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.

2013 Crown Point Cabernet Sauvignon


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+.