2013 Tusk Estates Cabernet Sauvignon

Cabernet Sauvignon

  • USA
  • California
  • Napa Valley

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Community Tasting Note

  • csimm1161 wrote: 96 points

    September 14, 2019 - Tusk vertical - 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 (Seven Hills restaurant, SF + Tusk party - with Cristal2000): “LEAVE ME ALONE!” shouted the stinging nettle Tusk as is pulled the sheets over its face, refusing to get up and go to school. Balled-up, Coiled-up, spikey, and with even more air, a bit bitter (especially on the finish), the 2013 has all the necessary components to be a stellar wine, but it ain’t showing nobody nuthin’ right now (Interesting how my 2013 Tusk voice somehow is from a toothless outhouse of a town somewhere in the middle of Arkansas – and I’m guessing the reason for the triple negatives and improper grammar has to do with its lack of formal education from refusing to attend school – so there’s that). Any hoo…..

    Higher register than the other vintages, and certainly more standoff-ish. Hold this pulsating monster for another 3-5 years. Its core is solid, but its surface exterior distracts from the pleasure principles of this wine in its current state.

    95-96 points on its best sips.

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  • LiteItOnFire commented:

    9/15/19, 12:16 AM - Ah I was waiting to see how it went... look forward to reading the full tasting notes (this is the first one I read)- we had a very different experience with this wine last weekend almost as if we had two different wines. I am sorry you came away with something less than. Stellar this time around.

  • csimm1161 commented:

    9/15/19, 7:44 AM - Wine is such a funny thing. PnP for the 2013 we had was so tight and prickly for a while. It smoothed out for a very short window (best sips) but then started to shut down after a couple of hours of air in the glass. The temperature on the 2012 and 2013 bottles we had was a bit warmer than I prefer, so that may have influenced its behavior a bit. I have a few more of these that I’m going to leave alone for a while in the cellar. I definitely see the certain upside here, but I hope to err on the side of caution and try to hold for now. Glad your experience was great!

  • OG-Wino commented:

    8/21/21, 1:16 PM - Anyone check in on this recently? I'm deciding what to do with the 2018 offer coming up, and I'm starting to think that my $/joy ratio just may not work with Tusk. Trying to choose one more bottle (I have 2013-2017) to try to test the theory before I have to make the call... Thoughts?

  • csimm1161 commented:

    8/21/21, 2:47 PM - Hi OG. I haven’t had the 13 recently but have had the 16 Estate and the 16 L’Orange, the latter of which I’ve enjoyed even more than the Estate. I am buying the 18. I hear you re: $/joy ratio and wondering if the next vintage of certain wines are worth further investing in. I’m good continuing with Tusk, but for you I guess the bigger question revolves around something else you’ve had you eye on where you’d rather spend money?

    Sometimes a palate shift or a focus on another region or varietal can drive that. I’ve shifted to a more diverse cellar that only includes certain select Napa Cabs now. Here’s some random advice: Don’t buy Harlan. I’m now on that train and love that wine. I hate that I love it! Ha! As far as Tusk, I think 2018 and 2019 should be pretty great vintages, with 2019 even more so perhaps - a lot of freshness with that vintage for big Napa Cabs it seems.

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