The bouquet shows restraint but over time it unwinds a bit to allow blue and red fruit aromas to shine. Anise and black tea add an alluring nuance with gravel and cedar. Everything is held together with generous oak, but it doesn’t detract from the ample fruit and the entire effort shows the savory balance typified by Red Mountain. Persistent, building tannin carries the finish and shows age-worthy promise.
The 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Four Flags comes from four separate vineyards on Red Mountain and is brought up mostly in new French oak. Its deep purple hue is followed by rock star notes of crème de cassis, toasted spices, lead pencil, crushed, and savory herbs. It’s beautiful on the palate as well and offers medium to full-bodied richness, impeccable balance, and a great finish. It will ideally be given 2-4 years of bottle age and will have two decades of overall longevity.