Sourced from one of the most historic vineyard sites in Napa Valley, Lewelling Ranch in Saint Helena, our Unwritten Cabernet Sauvignon has complex and inviting aromatics.
This wine has intoxicating scents of clove, anise, rosemary, and incense. A heady, ambrosial quality, evocative of sweet resin, is counterpointed by notes of bergamot and citrus blossom. The entry suggests all the berries: blueberry, raspberry, blackberry, even huckleberry. It’s the proverbial “mixed berry” compote with a pod of cardamom steeped in for edge and complexity. The palate moves gently from fruit to a chewy resistance formed by the dense and rich tannin structure. Chock full of gravitas, the 2018 is a study in succulence; enjoyable now, yet ageable for decades.
The deep garnet-purple colored 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon springs from the glass with alluring scents of blueberry compote, blackberry preserves and warm cassis plus hints of rose oil, cedar chest and Chinese five spice. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is completely packed with juicy black fruits and loads of spicy accents, framed by plush tannins and oodles of freshness, finishing on a soft-spoken earthy note. Nice newbie! 142 cases were made.
Issue 251, End of October 2020, reviewed by Lisa Perotti-Brown
Medium to dark garnet in color, this wine smells of bright sweet cherry fruit. In the mouth, juicy and bright cherry and cola notes are mouthwatering in their purity and freshness. Faint tannins and hints of floral and plum notes dance around the palate thanks to fantastic acidity. A little on the candied side of things, but it’s hard not to love the purity of the fruit and the absence of significant new oak influence. The acidity is so bright there’s even an orange-peel note in the finish. 14.8% alcohol. Score: between 9 and 9.5. Cost: $150. (2017 Cabernet Sauvignon)
April 30, 2021 issue, reviewed by Alder Yarrow