2017 Arkenstone Estate

Red Bordeaux Blend

  • USA
  • California
  • Napa Valley
  • Howell Mountain

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  • LiteItOnFire Likes this wine: 92 points

    April 3, 2021 - Dream Trip - Napa On A Mission - All My favorites Plus A Few New Ones; 4/1/2021-4/4/2021 (Napa Valley): First off, its not fair to have tasted this wine, or any 2017 for that matter, on a tasting trip of a lifetime AND when no other 2017 was tasted anywhere else. If this wine would have been poured any other day as a standalone perhaps my scrutiny/expectations would have been different. Is this a well made wine, yes. Does this represent the vintage, I believe so. Did Sam pull off a win in a very difficult vintage - yes. Would I drink this at home if I opened it and enjoy drinking it yes. Would I or did I buy it - no as I would rather buy 12-16, 18 and now 19 if they are available simply due to my profile preference alone.

    While the ‘17 Estate wasn’t for me, it was well made but the 2019, at this stage based on the finite sample we tasted was outstanding! I want to get some of that bad boy once it is in bottle. Final assessment based on the two limited interactions- another wine to add to my budget next year. My rating reflects my assessment based on the wine I drank outside of the lineup from this trip.

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  • Mark1npt commented:

    4/8/21, 6:49 PM - I would say that's a very fair assessment.

  • LiteItOnFire commented:

    4/8/21, 7:08 PM - Oh good, that’s what I was hoping for, phew.

  • Mark1npt commented:

    4/8/21, 8:06 PM - Lite, no pressure! Wine is what it is, to you, my friend!

  • LiteItOnFire commented:

    4/8/21, 8:13 PM - No pressure rather I was hoping to be objective Vs subjective in the environment I was in.

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