Wow- opaque AF. The nose is loaded with black fruits, charred wood, cassis- very complex but I’m at a loss for descriptors. The palate is dry with a herbaceous entry that leads to the blackberry, blackcurrants and black cherry notes. The tannins are mid grade and a touch astringent, they may need more integration. The finish is medium length and gives me more of that charred wood note. This wine is mid weight and a touch out of balance right now but I think it will flesh out. Drink from 2024-2029. 90 points from me at this stage but the pros averaged 92, give it time. It’s a pricy bottle at $140 so pick the right moment to enjoy this 4 star gem. Salut….
Cakebread Cellars Benchland Select Cabernet Sauvignon 2017, Napa Valley, California
27 Wednesday Oct 2021