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2017 Gandona Encosta Cabernet SauvignonBlend from United States


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  • 92 Antonio Galloni - Vinous
  • 92 Lisa Perrotti-Brown - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
  • 90 Jeb Dunnuck -
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"The 2017 Encosta is a gorgeous second wine from Gandona. Rich, ample and super-expressive, it possesses tremendous resonance and power. Black cherry, bittersweet chocolate, spice, menthol and tobacco give this rich, concentrated Cabernet-based red tremendous nuance. This is a fabulous second wine - in fact, in 2017 Encosta is better than many first labels. The 2017 packs a serious punch."

92 Lisa Perrotti-Brown - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

"The 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Encosta, fermented 89% in concrete and 11% in stainless, is blended of 77.95% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12.44% Cabernet Franc and 9.61% Petite Verdot aged 20 months in 59.4% new French oak. Deep purple-black in color, it sings of dark chocolate, spice box and cedar chest over a core of cassis, blackberry pie and kirsch plus suggestions of menthol and tapenade. Medium-bodied, the palate has great freshness and energy, with a firm, grainy frame and a long fruity finish. 730 cases produced."

90 Jeb Dunnuck -

What could be thought of as the entry-level wine of the estate, the 2017 Encosta (78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Cabernet Franc, and the balance Petit Verdot) is a solid effort with its textbook aromatics (cassis, tobacco, spring flowers), medium-bodied richness and depth, light tannins, and forward, charming, delicious style.

Product Detail

Item # 131979
Country United States
Region California
Sub-Region Napa

92 - Antonio Galloni - Vinous

92 - Lisa Perrotti-Brown - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

90 - Jeb Dunnuck -

Vintage 2017
Color Red
ABV 15.2%
Varietal(s) Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot
Size 750mL
Closure Cork
Taste currant, blackberry, cherry, bell pepper, olive, asparagus, spice, ginger, oak, vanilla, tobacco, raspberry, cassis, violet, pepper, green bean, lead, cedar, molasses and dark fruit
Nose currant, blackberry, cherry, cedar, cigar box, tobacco, broccoli, berry, flower, mocha, leather and vanilla