2017 Lancaster Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Alexander Valley
91 Points - Robert Parker
The 2017 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon captures the pure expression of our unique terroir at Lancaster Estate. It is a blend of all five of the red Bordeaux varietals we have planted on our volcanic hillside vineyards. Dark, rich fruit presents aromas of wild game on the nose. On the palate there are hints of blackberry compote and dark stone fruit flavors. An incredible display of the rich and concentrated flavors that come from our estate vineyards, this wine glides across the palate for a long, decadent finish.
The 2017 vintage gave us a wet winter followed by a relatively cool spring which would seem to be the making of a typical growing season. A Labor Day heat spike stalled the grapes from maturing for about two weeks, setting up a later than normal harvest. Throw in some wild fires and it made for an overall unique vintage.
84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Merlot, 7% Malbec, 1% Petite Verdot, 4% Cabernet Franc
The 2017 was aged 24 months in 100% French oak. We chose barrels from several coopers including Darnajou, Taransaud, Demptos, Ermitage, Saury, Bel Air and Sylvain. 60% of the barrels were new and all were coopered using a combination of Medium, Medium Plus, Medium Long, and Heavy toast levels to provide optimal integration and balance.