2019 Napa Valley Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

  • 2019


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Tasting Notes

This Estate Cabernet of deep purple hues, presents dark blackberry aromas combined with an elegant toasted oak nuance, threads of boysenberry, rich opulence with subtle notes of jam and graphite. Flavors follow with ripe blackberry jam, a luscious approach of dark fruits, terrific structure supported with elegant moments of oak and a finishing hint of anise. This is a supple yet generous wine with an excellent structure, feel and approach.

Technical Note


 The 2019 growing season had a very wet winter and spring, capturing 41” of rain at Dollarhide. A mild spring with one late-May rainfall resulted in damp soils and healthy canopy growth. Other than one mid-June heat spell, summer was warm and dry, allowing for consistent and balanced ripening. Late summer and early fall continued to provide steady warmth. As evenings began to cool, the fall growing season was extended. The even ripening season with a mild summer resulted in excellent wine of great flavor and density.

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94 Points & Editors’ Choice, Wine Enthusiast – “Luscious and ripe black fruits ride an effortless texture in this seamless and well-balanced wine. Minutely grained tannins weave through dark plums, spearmint, cocoa and black cherries. While enticing and drinkable, the wine should have a long, more complex life ahead. Best from 2027–2040. Editors’ Choice.” — Wine Enthusiast, Best of Year 2023

92 Points, James Suckling – “Aromas of blackcurrants, blackberries, roasted walnuts, vanilla and licorice with some earthy character. Fresh and juicy on the palate with a full body and polished tannins. Long finish with an array of ripe-berry flavors.” – James Suckling, Feb. 2022

90 Points, Jeb Dunnuck – “I thought the 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate was outstanding, with a medium-bodied, fresh, elegant style as well as plenty of pure blue fruits, leafy herbs, and a kiss of minerality. I loved it’s balance, and this charming, delicious Cabernet will keep for 8-10 years, probably longer.” – Jeb Dunnuck, Feb. 2023


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