No reviews yet, but beside the 2015 vintage (another big one), it’s darker, richer, fuller, deeper, more luscious, more opulent…just MORE.
The aroma is crème de cassis, hazelnut, cocoa, blackberry preserves, charred meat, and blackberry pie. Rich and satisfying on the palate with dark chocolate, yogurt, molasses, brown sugar and rhubarb notes.
As always, this is from of the finest and most prestigious vineyards in Napa. Wagner explains:
While the majority of the fruit comes from the floor of the Napa Valley to achieve the richness and elegance desired, we also relied on some grapes grown in the well-drained gravelly soils of the side slopes and at low elevations in the more mountainous areas for a blend with more structure and complexity than we could have achieved had we used fruit grown solely in a single region. Napa Valley AVAs: Oakville, St. Helena, Atlas Peak, Coombsville, Calistoga, and Howell Mountain.
I like Wagner’s focus here. He knows that enormous richness and power is a given. So he’s doing everything he can to build pliancy and complexity.
The result is surely the finest Quilt Cabernet to date. Can the 2017 be any better than this?