W&S 92 WE 90 Pts - According to Wine & Spirits - "From a vineyard planted at 2,600 feet on the volcanic slopes above Clear Lake, this is a sophisticated cabernet, the fruit as deep and dark as blackberry juice, rich yet clean and spicy, laced with mountain aromas of pine straw and dry brush. Firm and almost formidable in structure, it opens into savory layers, lengthened by refreshing acidity."
According to Wine Enthusiast - Cellar Selection! - "Big and rich, this needs time or a great steak to bring out its best. The color is very dark to the rim. Aromas are closed but the flavors compare to tart blackberry and black cherry with smoky accents. It has density, a layered texture that is tannic but not harsh, and a reserved power that should come out with time. Best after 2018."
91pts - Gold Medal - Los Angeles International Wine Competition, 2014 -
Tasting Notes - "Slightly dusty and herbal on the nose, this Cabernet Sauvignon shows a wonderful similarity to classic Bordeaux blends from great vintages. These refined aromas are a prelude to the silky feast of ripe plums and black cherry flavors that fan out across the palate. A soft touch of vanilla adds to the allure of this polished offering. The unique vintage conditions helped shape what may be our most balanced vintage yet." 98% Cabernet Sauvignon, 1% Cabernet Franc, 1% Petit Verdot. 14.5% ABV.