Barnett Vineyards Spring Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
- Spring Mountain, Napa Valley, California
- Cabernet Sauvignon
- ABV 14.6%
8 in stock
In 2018 climatic conditions were perfect up on Spring Mountain. This Cabernet is evidence of that. Fresh blackberry, anise and mocha are the first things apparent on the nose followed by cola, acai berry and menthol. This is a silky lush wine with layers of dark chocolate, cedar and freshly ground coffee. The tannins are chiefly present, being round pleasing chalky tannins with firm mountain acid balancing them out. The finish is chocolate covered plum. This powerhouse Cabernet is already showing well and will develop even
more complexity over the next 10-12 years.
93 points Decanter – Bold, with ripe cassis, blueberries, dates, and a lifted spicy and citrus character. This fresh palate, richly textured, has potential to age.
92 points Wine Spectator – This shows lots of punchy violet, blackberry, boysenberry and apple wood character, all coated with a melted licorice note and backed by a warmed fruitcake accent on the gently mulled finish. Drink now through 2032.
91 points Connoisseurs’ Guide – Far from simple and sweet but possessing lots of the juicy fruit of the vintage, Barnett’s is a full, very well-defined young Cabernet Sauvignon that, while continuous and neatly structured, is already decidedly appealing. Its generous compliment of cassis and ripe berries is graced with a careful dollop of oak and a bit of loamy richness, and it sports a fine backbone of integral tannin for age without being the least bit tough or unruly. Although bound to tempt early drinking, it is nonetheless a wine that is sure to reward patience with increased complexity and, however easy to like it may be in the shorter term, is most definitely worth cellaring for another five or six years.