This beautifully aromatic wine begins with luxurious layers of ripe strawberry, damson plum, and grenadine, as well as spicy notes of cinnamon and clove. The palate is inviting and rich, offering energetic tannins that frame the brambly fruit, and oak-inspired accents of cocoa and graham cracker. Bright and supple, this juicy expression of Red Mountain Cabernet glides to a long, complex finish, with hints of earth and generous red berry flavors.
93 Pts – Wine & Spirits
Duckhorn’s estate at the higher elevations of Red Mountain, planted in 2013, is becoming a precocious fruit source. This 2017 offers a lot of wine for the price, with intriguing tension between its savory elements—tobacco leaf, sun-dried tomato skin, cedar frond, mocha—and firm dark-plum fruit. It’s a weighty wine, with formidable tannins, but it’s delivered wholly on the rails, detailed and on point for steak.
91 Pts – Jeb Dunnuck
The 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Red Mountain (84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Merlot, 2% Mourvedre, 2% Petit Verdot, and 1% Syrah) sports a deep purple color to go with lots of smoked black fruits, chocolate, and classic Red Mountain minerality. Medium to full-bodied, nicely concentrated, and balanced, with ripe tannins, it’s another impressive wine from this team that will evolve for 10-12 years, if not longer.
90 Pts – Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
The 2017 Red Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon has a ripe nose and is well put together with aromas of black cherries, redcurrant and dark plum with a delicate minerality, soft tobacco notes and red flowers. Medium to full-bodied, the wine is clean and correct with a structured mid-palate that delivers pleasure but decreases in amplitude over the finish. It’s good but not as complex or as voluminous as their other bottlings in the range but delivers at a great price.