2018 Arkenstone Cabernet Sauvignon Amoenus

Cabernet Sauvignon

  • USA
  • California
  • Napa Valley

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Community Tasting Note

  • Cristal2000 Likes this wine: 96 points

    April 22, 2021 - As others have noted, this is a new wine from Arkenstone. Maybach also makes a wine from here, and it is right next to Vice Versa's new home vineyard in Calistoga. I sometimes think Maybach is over the top extracted, so I was excited to see what Sam could do with it. Turned out to be my favorite red poured during this tasting from Arkenstone.

    Nicely fragrant nose of dark cherries, black currant, spring flowers, wet stone and hints of asian spice. Shows great concentration and nice balance, not going over the top with extracted fruit, but also displaying the freshness and purity of the vintage and vineyard. As always with Sam's wine, the tannin management and overall mouthfeel is impeccable, and the wine gains weight from the mid palate to a long finish. This is a great first effort for this vineyard. I have become more and more interested in the Arkenstone Estate Cab, and this now gives me a second wine to enjoy from them in a "Napa reasonable" price range. Just don't spend much time looking at the ridiculously bad labels they threw on these. :)

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  • LiteItOnFire commented:

    4/29/21, 4:52 PM - Was my favorite bottle sample as well except the ‘19 estate barrel sample topped this one by a bit. Can’t wait to try the ‘19 estate in bottle.

    Very true re: labels :)

  • Cristal2000 commented:

    4/29/21, 4:56 PM - Yeah, I'm not comparing to the barrel samples we did afterward. That wouldn't be fair....

  • LiteItOnFire commented:

    4/29/21, 5:00 PM - Love and war- and wine of course :)

  • AGELVIS commented:

    4/30/21, 5:20 AM - Wonderful notes. You just tasted at Arkenstone? I was there last week. Bought two bottles of each of these SVD CS. Turnbull does a nice Amoenus as well.

  • Cristal2000 commented:

    4/30/21, 7:08 AM - Yes, I tasted at Arkenstone last week. I generally meet up with Sam K when I come to town, and he always goes through the Ark wines first. They are all high quality.

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