Cépage: Cabernet Sauvignon (77%); Merlot (19%); Petit Verdot (2%); Cabernet Franc (2%)
Size: 750 ml
Rating(s): 93 (RP); 94+ (JD); 94 (JS)
"The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate comes from the Santa Cruz Mountain estate, and it follows its big brother Monte Bello's style with a terrific sense of elegance paired with richness. Lots of crème de cassis, crushed violets, vanilla, tobacco leaf, and cedar notes flow to a medium to full-bodied, beautifully concentrated, layered Cabernet Sauvignon that has terrific purity, building tannins, and a great finish. It offers pleasure today yet won't hit prime time for another 5-7 years, and it's going to evolve for 15-20 years (probably longer)."