2017 NapanookBlend from United States
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- 93 Antonio Galloni - Vinous
- 92 Lisa Perrotti-Brown - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
- 91 Wine Spectator
93 Antonio Galloni - Vinous
The 2017 Napanook is forward, lush and quite giving - in other words, very much in keeping with the style of the year. Silky and radiant, with plenty of bright, red-toned fruit, the 2017 Napanook is one of the very finest Napa Valley Cabernets readers will find in this price range. Savory, earthy and licorice undertones add striking shades of nuance, with silky tannins that extend the finish effortlessly. This is such a gorgeous and inviting wine. When just opened, the 2017 mostly offers density and opulence, but a few hours of air brings out layers of subtlety and aromatic nuance.
92 Lisa Perrotti-Brown - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
There was about 40% of a normal crop this year due to strict selection. Grapes were harvested from September 21 to October 3 and the wine was bottled in May 2019. The 2017 Napanook is made up of 89% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot and was aged in 20% new French oak barrels. Deep purple-black in color, it springs from the glass with vivacious notions of warm black cherries, blackberry compote and crushed black currants with touches of dark chocolate, licorice, fertile loam, underbrush, camphor and cinnamon stick plus a waft of lilacs. Full-bodied with a firm level of grainy tannins and seamless freshness supporting the bold, spicy black fruit layers, it finishes on a lingering perfumed note. With further time, it begins to reveal the mineral signature of the estate, delivering a glimpse at the gravitas to come with 5-7 years in the cellar. 1,400 cases were made.
91 Wine Spectator
This is focused and restrained in style, offering lightly mulled red currant and raspberry fruit flavors laced with subtle sandalwood, tea, savory and warm stone notes. Approachable now, but aging won't hurt either. Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc. Drink now through 2031. 1,400 cases made. — JM
93 - Antonio Galloni - Vinous
92 - Lisa Perrotti-Brown - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
91 - Wine Spectator
|Varietal(s)||Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc|
|Taste||currant, blackberry, cherry, bell pepper, olive, asparagus, spice, ginger, oak, vanilla, lead, cedar, molasses, dark fruit, tobacco, raspberry, cassis, violet, pepper and green bean|
|Nose||currant, blackberry, cherry, cedar, cigar box, mocha, leather, vanilla, tobacco, broccoli, berry and flower|