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Wine Reviews 2018 VHR Cabernet Sauvignon

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 Cabernet Sauvignon (Extended Age)
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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