2015 Tusk Estates Cabernet Sauvignon

Cabernet Sauvignon

  • USA
  • California
  • Napa Valley

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Community Tasting Note

  • msuwine wrote: 98 points

    November 21, 2019 - This powerful and rich Cabernet is downright explosive right now: the fruit is bursting at the seams, the earthy but elegant undertone is present, and the finish goes on and on. It took a few hours of air to get where I had hoped it would, but this is plainly a special - and great - wine.

    Dark purple in color and full in body, the wine offers enticing aromas of blueberry, black cherry, graphite, fresh lavender, and charcoal. The tastes are lucious but elegant, with notes of boysenberry, strawberry tart, menthol, leather, rosemary, and gravel, with a finish that offers fruit, tannin, and acidity in the kind of silky texture that makes the flavors seem all the more impressive - unique but polished, powerful but graceful. 15.4% alcohol.

    I at first thought this 2015 was in a dreaded “dumb phase” - a real bummer when you open a bottle this expensive. After about two hours, though, it came alive, with a depth and tension that were remarkable. A wine this pricey should be this good, but it’s nice when it actually is. 97-98 for now, with upside in a few years.

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  • MJP Hou TX commented:

    11/22/19, 6:21 AM - Taking one for the team! Thanks for the notes.

  • NickRut commented:

    11/22/19, 5:00 PM - Sounds like a great wine that needs a bit of time or a long decant. Glad I have a few to try. Will open in the next year.

    Thanks for the review!

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