2016 Ultimate reviewed by NittanyEpicurean

This wine is mostly cabernet sauvignon (84%) blended with small amounts of cabernet franc (6%), merlot (6%) and petit verdot (4%). The fruit was all grown in the Napa Valley. Following fermentation, the wine was aged for 26 months in French oak barrels (40% new). It comes in at 14.5% ABV. The wine showed a dark ruby almost opaque color. Black cherry, raspberry preserves, cassis, vanilla, licorice and oak all arrived on the robust and complex nose. Black cherry, raspberry preserves, cassis, vanilla, eucalyptus, licorice and oak followed on the palate where the black cherry stole the show. The wine was full-bodied and exhibited excellent length along with big, chewy tannins. This wine could cellar for 5-6 years or enjoyed now after decanting alongside a grilled Tomahawk ribeye.

October 14, 2020

October 15th, 2020|

2017 Ultimate receives 93 points from James Suckling

James Suckling reviewed the 2017 Ultimate:

93 points: A tight, well-structured red with currant, chocolate and hazelnut aromas and flavors. Medium to full body and a rich palate with juicy fruit, yet there’s underlying freshness and focus. Needs a year or two to come together, but already looking excellent. Better after 2022.

September 22nd, 2020|

2016 Ultimate awarded 93 points in September Tasting Panel Magazine

September 2020 issue of Tasting Panel Magazine:

93 points: Winemaker Cary Gott crafted this small-production blend of 84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Cabernet Franc, 6% Merlot and 4% Petit Verdot, which aged 22 months in (40% new) French oak. At 14.8% ABV, it possesses a statuesque and broad-shouldered character. Tarry blackberry, dark chocolate, slate and licorice take command on the palate’s luxurious pinnacle alongside great acidity.

September 13th, 2020|

2016 Ultimate Red is highly recommended in California Grapevine

September 2020 issue of California Grapevine:

Highly recommended. Medium to medium-dark ruby; fragrant, floral, blackberry fruit aroma with hints of cassis, cocoa powder, and black olive; full body; rich, rounded, dark fruit flavors with hints of dried herbs and baking spice, and undertones of sweet oak; full tannin; lingering aftertaste. Could use another year or two of bottle aging.

September 13th, 2020|

2016 Ultimate awarded 93 points by James Suckling:

93 points: Deep, rich and velvety, this has a ton of fine tannins to balance the ripe blackberry, cassis and plum aromas. Although this isn’t tart, beneath the plush exterior is nice freshness that keeps this straight and prevents it from feeling heavy. Lovely interplay between delicately sweet fruit and dry tannins at the long finish. Drink or hold.

July 17th, 2020|

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