This Cabernet Sauvignon is a light-absorbing dark purple in the glass. First impressions reveal expressive notes of cassi, raisin cake, dusty soil and exotic spice. Full-bodied on the palate with great acidity and a lingering, spicy finish, this is a bottle to treasure.
Bending the traditional rules of Napa Valley, this unique winery places an emphasis on sourcing and harvesting grapes from dozens of high-quality terroirs, then selecting and blending only the best lots with an equal emphasis on creativity and personal care. Throw in gunslinging winemaker Kirk Venge, and you'll start to understand why this juggernaut has garnered the sort of attention that the major critics have given them. Continually walking the line between honoring traditions and techniques of the past and a contemporary artistic blending approach, their wines showcase the unique synergy of combining fruit from all over Napa Valley. The proprietors of B cellars are understandably pleased with what's been happening with their baby, and by the looks of it, this kid is growing up right before our eyes!
A barrel sample, the 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard is deep purple-black colored and gives up expressive notes of crème de cassis, raisin cake, Chinese five spice and dusty soil with a waft of garrigue and dried lavender. The palate is full-bodied, rich and plush with great acidity and a long, spicy finish.