This polished blend of two estate vineyards has loads to offer right out the gate, but it’s structured to age gracefully for 15-20 years. The bouquet is an elegant display of wild blackberries, violets and cardamon. The entry is full and generous, while impeccably integrated oak lets the fruit shite on the palate. Chewy, velvety and supple, with a juicy finish, this is a glorious blending of 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Cabernet Franc, 3% Petit Verdot and 2% Merlot.
Another St. Helena release, the 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Ceanda checks in as 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Cabernet Franc, and the rest Petit Verdot and Merlot, all brought up in French oak. Black fruits, chocolaty herbs, graphite, violets, and acacia flower notes all emerge from the glass, and it hits the palate with a seamless, elegant texture, ultra-fine tannins, no hard edges, and a great finish. I'd be thrilled to drink a bottle any time over the coming 20 years or more.