2017 was a hot one and marked the last vintage in a string of drought years. Because of the heat we saw early budbreak in the vineyard which led to the development of a small berried crop with intense, fruit driven flavors. Labor Day weekend we had an incredible heat spike that further reduced the crop and condensed the flavors. We had an earlier than usual harvest and harvested twenty-five percent less fruit than typical.
Phenomenal concentration! A core of ripe black-raspberries, wild blackberries, black currants and freshly picked cherries anchor the aromatic profile. Bright notes of freshly picked wildflowers followed by hints of sunbaked rocks after the rain, marzipan, Oolong tea, black cardamom and milk chocolate add tremendous depth and complexity. The flavors follow suit and are richly layered, exquisitely balanced and refined. This deliciously seamless wine offers ripe, mouthwatering tannins and a lengthy finish. Enjoy now and over its decades long evolution.
“The 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon is fabulous. Rich, inky and spectacularly ripe, the 2017 is loaded with the character that makes this Moon Mountain property so special. A whole range of red and purplish fruit, spice, lavender, mint and licorice builds as this sumptuous, exotically beautiful Cabernet shows off its alluring personality. What I find most remarkable about the 2017 is how it is so full-bodied and explosive, yet not overly heavy. The 2017 is one of the best vintages—maybe the best—I have ever tasted here. It is a stunning wine. Wow.” 96 points.
—Antonio Galloni, Vinous, January 2020