- Item #: i_235900Bottle Size: 750mlWine Advocate: 93-95ROBERT PARKER'S WINE ADVOCATE 93-95 POINTS - "A barrel sample, the 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon features a deep garnet-purple, singing on the nose of freshly crushed black cherries, black berry pie and warm plums over a core of cassis and pencil lead plus nuances of violets, cinnamon stick and underbrush. Medium to full-bodied, the palate delivers mouth-coating, crunchy black fruit with a firm backbone of ripe, grainy tannins and just enough freshness, finishing long and spicy."
- Item #: i_249400Bottle Size: 750mlVinous Media: 99While on our annual winter trip to the Napa Valley in 2013, we were invited to the "kick off" for a new winery named Pulido-Walker; they produced what was the single best wine we had on our entire trip! Mark Pulido and Donna Walker are dedicated to the perfection of every element needed to craft exceptional single-vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon. Their winemaker who helps them in this venture is the highly sought-after Thomas Brown, who also crafts the high scoring wines at Schrader, Maybach, and Outpost. Thomas has received numerous 100-point scores from both Wine Advocate and Wine Spectator! This bottling comes from the Melanson Vineyard, a property nestled between boulders clinging stubbornly to the steep slopes of Pritchard Hill, east of Oakville, and among some of the most notable vineyards in the Napa Valley, such as Ovid, David Arthur, Continuum, and Chappellet.
ANTONIO GALLONI 99 POINTS - "The 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Melanson Vineyard emerges mostly from upper blocks on this site, a striking hillside that faces Colgin, where the steep exposure can yield wines of tremendous pedigree. That is exactly what comes through here. Inky red/purplish fruit, spice, rose petal, cedar and sweet pipe tobacco meld together effortlessly, with silky tannins that wrap it all up. Bold and luscious, but with tremendous nuance, the Melanson Cabernet is a total stunner in 2018. As I have written in the past, farming here has improved tremendously in recent years. This is another superb example of the quality that this site is capable of. Winemaker Thomas Rivers Brown gave the 2018 a relatively short 10 days on the skins. I imagine he thought the site would take care of the rest. It's hard to argue with that. The 2018 is off the charts great. Don't miss it."
- Item #: i_270220Bottle Size: 750mlWine Advocate: 94-96Vinous Media: 98Jeb Dunnuck: 96ANTONIO GALLONI 98 POINTS - "The 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Vine Hill Ranch Vineyard is positively stunning. The wine's volume and breadth captures all of the pedigree of this site. Succulent black cherry, chocolate, licorice, menthol, savory herbs, leather and spice are some of the many notes that flesh out in the glass. The 2018 is rich, heady and exotically beautiful. There is so much to discover in this breathtakingly beautiful Cabernet Sauvignon. The old-school Cabernet aromatics and structure are superb. The Tor Vine Hill Ranch emerges from Block 7."
JEB DUNNUCK 96-99 POINTS - "Deep inky colored, the 100% Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Vine Hill Ranch Vineyard comes from incredibly gravelly soils and is still aging in new French oak. It offers powerful notes of creme de cassis and blackcurrant fruits intermixed with lots of gravelly minerality, graphite, chocolate, and lead pencil shavings. It's a powerhouse on the palate and packs beautiful tannins, full-bodied richness, and no hard edges."
ROBERT PARKER'S WINE ADVOCATE 94-96 POINTS - "A barrel sample, the 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Vine Hill Ranch comes from Block 7, which has 20-year-old vines and a gravelly soil type. It spent about three weeks on the skins during and after fermentation and will be matured in small French oak barrels for 20 months. It displays a very deep purple-black color, giving up profound notes of warm cassis, blueberry compote and ripe black plums with touches of tilled loam, truffles, charcoal and bouquet garni. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is built like a brick house, with a firm foundation of grainy tannins and oodles of freshness, finishing very long and earthy."