2017 Eisele Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (750ml)
The Eisele vineyard is historical and the current owners (Chateau Latour) are sparing no expense both in the vineyard and cellar. Hands down, these are some of our absolute favorite Cabernets made in Napa today. Eisele Vineyard sits at the top of the 'cult' pack compared to its big name peers in the valley such Harlan, Screaming Eagle, Scarecrow, etc. Highly recommended for all Napa and Bordeaux lovers
Composed of 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon displays a deep garnet-purple color and is a little sluggish to reveal its fragrant core of plum preserves, crème de cassis, blueberry compote and Morello cherries with accents of stewed Darjeeling tea, underbrush, cloves and tobacco leaf plus a waft of pencil shavings. Medium to full-bodied, the palate struts it stuff with amazing poise, structured with very fine, ripe tannins and lovely freshness, finishing long and perfumed. Drink 2021-2052. 97 Points Wine Advocate
“It was the four hot days in June 2017 that impacted our vines most – it gave us tiny berries,” said Eisele Vineyard's winemaker Hélène Mingot. “Very tiny berries meant we had very little juice – we had to be very gentle on extraction. Then we had to take our time with macerations, to make sure we got all the good stuff. We had to adjust the toast for our barrels. We used more toast to extract less tannins. We pushed bottling time too – we bottled one month later. In the end, everything fell into place, but we had to be patient. This was not our usual recipe. Each lot had to be considered carefully. We had to let go of what is usually one of our better lots, because the tannins just didn’t get there. Production is down about 30% this year.” Like other Napa wineries where quality is of utmost consideration, Eisele Vineyard has managed to produce a very impressive pair of 2017 reds that demonstrate sensitive crafting and remarkable poise.