The decision to name this wine for one of golf’s most elusive shots set a high bar for Philippe Melka but, as usual, he managed a hole-in-one. A classic Bordeaux blend culled from premier valley-floor sites in Oakville and St. Helena, this is a fruit-forward delight with intense aromatics and nuanced notes of vanilla and spice from a nice long rest in French oak. 96+ points is par for the course for Mr. Melka, who always receives an enthusiastic golf-clap from us.
Composed of 88% Cabernet Sauvignon and 12% Merlot, the 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Double Eagle was aged for 18 months in French oak, 75% new. Deep garnet-purple in color, it leaps from the glass with vibrant scents of black raspberries, wild blueberries and fresh black currants plus suggestions of camphor, dark chocolate, tree bark and black truffles and a waft of iron ore. The medium to full-bodied palate is densely laden with crunchy black fruits, framed by firm, grainy tannins and delivering great tension, finishing long and with tons of energy.