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Wine Reviews 2018 VHR Cabernet Sauvignon

Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media,  <span>Jan. 7, 2022</span>

The 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon is once again magnificent. What surprises me most is how much the wine has gained in body over the last few years. Readers will find a Cabernet that marries the open-knit raciness of the 2012 with the darkness and structure of vintages such as 2013 and 2016. If that sounds pretty appealing, well, it is! The 2018 is quite simply one of the most complete and thrilling VHRs to date.  98 pts.

2018 VHR, Vine Hill Ranch “Extended Barrel Age” Cabernet Sauvignon
The 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Extended Age is the same wine as the straight VHR Cabernet, but shaped through an extra year in barrel. That time in oak has added notable mid-palate richness, sweetness and body, but also taken away just a bit of energy. In 2018, the first year both wines were made, the two Cabernets are not that materially different. Perhaps they will be in other years. We will see. What is obvious is that this is a very special wine.  98 pts.

Jancis Robinson,  <span>Nov. 13, 2021</span>

Deep purplish crimson. Rich fruit but still grainy-textured with very marked tannins. Clearly this wine is still developing. Dry not sweet. Very muscular and grown up! But still a baby.  18++ pts.  Drinking window: 2024–2045

Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media,  <span>Jan. 7, 2021</span>

The 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon has filled out beautifully since I tasted it a year ago. Rich, sumptuous and enveloping, the 2018 captivates all the senses with its sensual personality. All the Vine Hill Ranch signatures come through so beautifully. The 2018 possesses tremendous intensity as it continues to open in the glass, revealing myriad shades of nuance. Black cherry, lavender, spice and chocolate all flesh out on a wine that balances the sumptuousness of the 2012 with some of the energy (but not the size) of the 2013.  98 pts.

2018 VHR, Vine Hill Ranch “Extended Age” Cabernet Sauvignon
The 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon “Extended Age” is a four barrel lot of the final blend (the same wine as the bottled 2018) that will spend an extra year in wood. Deep, dense and explosive, with tremendous energy backing its sumptuous fruit, the 2018 is dazzling today. Hints of gravel, spice, lavender and plum build into the intense finish. I can hardly wait to see this in bottle.  97–100 pts.

J. D’Angelo, International Wine Report  <span>March, 2021</span>

The 2018 VHR Cabernet Sauvignon is simply spectacular in this vintage. As this slowly unwinds in the glass it gives way to striking aromatics of dark currants and blackberries which come together with fresh spring florals, exotic spices, graphite, crushed gravel and subtle hints of licorice that all emerge beautifully from the glass. On the palate this is full-bodied, polished and fine-tuned with excellent precision. It goes on to display remarkable overall balance, with a gorgeous core of beautiful fresh dark fruits, which are highlighted by a lovely touch of acidity adding a wonderful sense of freshness and vibrancy all the way through the long, graceful finish. While the 2018 is already showing flashes of brilliance at this early stage, there is no doubt that it is destined for an even brighter future ahead.  98 pts.

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