Wolfe Grade Cabernet Sauvignon 2017 | 100pt Mayacamas Mountain Source
Wolfe Grade Cabernet Sauvignon 2017 pours a deep and dense ruby color hints of the power in this wine. Thick aromas of cassis, dark chocolate, coffee, sagebrush, and earth wander far from the glass. The wine shows a muscular core surrounded by plump blackberry and cassis fruit and velvety soft tannins. A subtle hint of earth complements its dense concentration and ripe intensity, traits expected from this remarkable site. A decadent Cabernet that punches above its price tag.
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The flagship Cabernet from this estate earned 100 points in 2016, with critic Jeb Dunnuck urging his readers, “if you want to taste pure perfection from Sonoma, try this wine! From the very same vintage, winemaking genius, and 100-point estate that delivers the Cabernet that Robert M. Parker Jr. has also described as “a quintessential example of what perfection is in my business. As a result, Wolfe Grade Cabernet Sauvignon 2017 has all the terroir complexity of its perfect-scoring $300+ big brother for one-tenth the price.
Spring Mountain, on the steep slopes of the Mayacamas in Sonoma
Planted at 1,700 feet, the precipitous vineyards could in fact never be planted by today’s regulations. Topping out at 55-degree gradients—the steepest of which literally match the slope of the great pyramids. As a result, the undulating volcanic knolls and ridges create variations in elevation, soils, and aspect. Which translates into a complex Cabernet that could come from no other place.
Why mess with perfection?
From the same 100-point source that Parker lauded in previous vintages as “reminiscent of the great classics from the golden era of the Mayacamas on the Napa side” and able to “compete with very finest Cabernet-based wines in the world. So, it’s incredible this wound up in a $38 bottle, that’s an even bigger steal at $32 on cases.
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“Why mess with perfection?” asked Wolfe Grade’s 100-point winemaker. A couple of years later, the answer to that question is how we ended up with today’s rich, dense, and supremely balanced Wolfe Grade Cabernet Sauvignon 2017. This is an unexpected amazing opportunity. Don’t miss it!