Color & Sound Cabernet Sauvignon 2017 | Drinks Like Blue-Chip Napa “Bordeaux”
Color & Sound Cabernet Sauvignon 2017 presents a deep ruby-purple color. A generous nose of violets, ripe blueberry, wild mountain herbs, sagebrush, and sweet cedar. While firm, focused, and spicy on entry, with powerful, refined layers of blackberry fruit, black currants, and crushed graphite. With a little aeration in the glass, this beauty opens up to reveal more fleshy fruit notes that intermingle with cocoa nib notes, and it finishes with alternating dusty wild berry flavors and savory herbs laced with crushed volcanic stone minerality. Energetic and riveting, this is a beauty to drink now, with a good decant but can be enjoyed well into the next decade. Don’t be afraid to lay down a few bottles for the long haul.
The winery, an under-the-radar heavyweight near Howell Mountain, is the recipient of over 45 Robert Parker ratings of 90-99 points, including 15 with scores of 95+ points. The wines are made in small quantities. And have historically been the prized jewels of serious Napa collectors for their “Bordeaux-like” brilliance. Unfortunately, with price tags starting at $150 and rising quite close to $300 a bottle.
The French Winemaker and Napa’s Grande Dame
So, those familiar with Alexis—Color & Sound’s leading lady who possesses an experiential synesthetic sixth sense for tasting wine—know that this Grande Dame of Napa can leave people dumbfounded. While winemakers can’t get enough of her unforgettable descriptions of wine as shapes, colors, and sounds. Of course, such was the case with the winery’s longtime consulting Frenchman who had called us up.
The secret is out—we’re often the first call from blue-chip Napa wineries looking to sell some of their highly-prized grapes when their meticulously-farmed vineyards have been too fruitful in one growing season. In surplus vintages, not all Napa’s blue-chip wineries are keen to ramp up production. When those boutique winemakers meet Alexis, even “Bordeaux-like” brilliance from an under-the-radar legend is within reach.
We can tell you that the source winery’s wines are impossibly opulent out the gate. While settling into an almost Bordeaux-like quality later in life. In addition, savory tobacco spices, leather, and beautiful, sumptuous turned-earth and truffle notes. Much the same will become of the Color & Sound Cabernet Sauvignon 2017 in a decade. But only a handful of you will be fortunate enough to find out. Only 50 cases before it’s all gone.