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Wine Reviews 2019 VHR Cabernet Sauvignon

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

Just bottled, the 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon tastes like a barrel sample, such is its purity of fruit and lushness! It is the most overt, opulent young wine I have ever tasted here, and likely to require a number of years in bottle for some of the baby fat to melt away. Pliant and supple, with soft contours and tons of fruit, the 2019 is simply magnificent. I imagine the more savory, earthy notes that are so typical of VHR will develop in time. Even today, though, the 2019 is outrageously beautiful.  98+ pts.

2019 VHR, Vine Hill Ranch “Extended Barrel Age” Cabernet Sauvignon 
The 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon Extended Age is bright, fresh and nuanced. In this tasting, the Extended Age comes across as quite different than the straight VHR Cabernet, which is fascinating to see after 2018, where the wines are more similar. The Extended Age seems to have a bit more of everything; more fruit, more energy and more drive. I can’t wait to taste it from bottle.  96–98 pts.


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

Tasted from a hypothetical blend, the 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon captures all the magic of this great vintage. In the glass the 2019 is dark, sumptuous and super-expressive. Blackberry fruit, gravel, spice, menthol, licorice and dried flowers give the 2019 so many layers of breadth and texture. At this stage, the 2019 is shaping up to be an epic VHR in line with truly profound vintages such as 2013 and 2016.  96–99 pts.

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