This wine’s flavor intensity betrays its origins, from one of the true “sweet spots” of the entire Napa Valley. There is something very special about this corner of Oakville. A pronounced inner-mouth perfume of black cherry liqueur gives way to aromas of blackcurrant preserves, white flowers, mushroom, and cocoa powder. Such a seducer!
If we were to pick just one Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon to blast into interstellar space for aliens to try when they stumble upon it someday, that wine would be Plumpjack Estate Cabernet Sauvignon from Oakville. In our view it is the most flavor-packed, complex, complete bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon that you can buy, in pretty much every vintage. Plumpjack is in one posh neighborhood, with Screaming Eagle, Rudd, Bond St. Eden, and Dalla Valle all nearby. This is Oakville’s (and the Valley’s) absolute sweet spot, near the crossroads of Oakville Cross and Silverado Trail. Their Cabernets are absolutely spectacular, stuffed to the gills with ripe cherry fruit and red rose perfume—and very fairly priced compared to the neighbors.
Composed of 88% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Petit Verdot and 5% Malbec, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate gives a deep garnet-purple color and fragrant nose of crushed black cherries and blueberries with suggestions of violets, dark chocolate and cinnamon stick plus a waft of cigar box. The voluptuous, full-bodied palate layers on the fruit and spice flavors, framed by plush tannins and culminating in a very long, fruit-driven finish. Decadent stuff!
A blend of 88% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Petit Verdot and the rest Malbec brought up in 80% new French oak, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate tastes like a mini-reserve with its vibrant, fresh, clean personality. Blueberries, cassis, vanilla bean and spring flower notes all emerge from this medium to full-bodied, silky, incredibly elegant 2015 that has integrated acidity, a supple, charming style, and sweet tannin. It’s ready to go but will keep for 15+ years.