Hewitt Cabernet Sauvignon 2017 (Napa Valley, CA)
Producer Notes: Our 2017 Hewitt Cabernet Sauvignon is opulent with a modern sensibility and approachability. There are layers of depth with incredible generosity and unctuousness on the palate. The alluring vibrant aromas and flavors invite you to enjoy macerated blackberry, black cherry and black currant characters, supported by hints of dark cola bean, vanilla, espresso, and rum-raisin. Multi-layered and complex, on the palate you’ll find rich, ripe, dense, dark blueberry, dark plum and blackberry fruit, finishing with a mouthwatering line of acidity and a focused persistence and density. Incredibly drinkable now but also age worthy, this is a wine that truly exemplifies both the personality of Hewitt Vineyard and the tremendous concentration and intensity of the 2017 vintage. The finish is long and inviting with plush velvety-textured tannins. Hewitt Cabernet Sauvignon is crafted to be cellar-worthy, however, if you can’t wait to enjoy a glass, we recommend decanting to allow the fullest expression to evolve and reveal itself within the glass.
Wine Spectator, 94 Points: A very typical Napa red with blackcurrant, chocolate and some cedar. Medium to full body with creamy tannins. Round. Dusty. Fruity and juicy. Very drinkable now, but give it a year or two.
VINOUS, 94 Points: The 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon is a big, plush wine. Raspberry jam, white chocolate, blood orange and sweet spice give this unctuous, flamboyant Cabernet tons of immediacy and overall appeal. This is an especially extroverted Cabernet done in a style that turns the volume up to eleven, or more.
Wine Advocate, 92 Points: Composed of 92% Cabernet Sauvignon and 8% Petit Verdot, the 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon was aged for 22 months in French oak, 85% new. Deep garnet-purple in color, it bursts from the glass with bold scents of crème de cassis, Black Forest cake and blackberry pie with hints of licorice, tar, new leather, Indian spices and potpourri plus a touch of clove oil. The full-bodied palate is a peddle-to-the-metal blockbuster, exploding with baked black fruit and exotic spices, framed by velvety tannins and plenty of freshness, finishing fantastically long and spicy. 3,054 cases were made.
Jeb Dunnuck, 91 Points: The 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon from Hewitt does well in the vintage and has a classic, elegant, satisfying style. Lots of red and black currants, tobacco, cigar box, and cedar notes emerge from the glass, and it’s medium to full-bodied, with a balanced, understated profile, moderate yet firm tannins, and outstanding length. It offers pleasure today yet will develop more complexity with 2-4 years of bottle age and keep for over a decade.
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