2014 Tusk Estates Cabernet Sauvignon

Cabernet Sauvignon

  • USA
  • California
  • Napa Valley

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  • Ecbatana Does not like this wine: 88 points

    September 27, 2020 - Perplexed by the fascination and allure of this property, whose intent is creating a "lifestyle luxury brand" first and a wine second (though prepared to be amazed). Tawdry and manufactured, this Tusk on this night came across as a Frankenstein of over-extracted components riveted together. An unintegrated Dole fruit cup of syrupy wild berries, damn near tasted fortified. Calling it a dumb phase is a hard sell, more like Asperger's. Were all its adoring fans duped by the marketing or did I just have a bad bottle, dunno. Have affection for Napa cabs, though tend not to gravitate toward Philippe Melka projects, this reminds me why. The value is in the bottle and not its contents. Caveat emptor. A generous 88.

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  • Eclectic Palate commented:

    12/5/20, 12:37 PM - Thank you for sharing your opinion about this hyper masculinely marketed "luxury product". Perhaps some of the perceived "value "by purchasers of this product is the joy created by being able to display the empty bottle and the luxury imported cardstock box on their mantle or shelving. Granted, Tusk is not as rare or as "special" as Perrarus, and lacks a trendy web site video showing the creation of the Tusk cardstock box or laser carving of the Tusk glass bottle. But over time, I am confident that Tusk will be able to "macho up" and use hand sculpted glass bottles created by cigar smoking tattooed artisans, and eventually pine boxes to cradle each bottle of Tusk. I shiver with anticipation.

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