Red

2017 Tusk Estates Cabernet Sauvignon

Cabernet Sauvignon

  • USA
  • California
  • Napa Valley

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  • WineBurrowingWombat wrote:

    May 29, 2021 - Nose: [58°-64°] Black fruits, deep damp black earth or wet mulch, crushed dark rocks, softly spiced dry tree bark, new oak/something like tobacco leaves (but seems to fade as it comes to a higher temp) and a pleasant bitterness of embers.

    Palate: [58°-60°] Slightly high toned oak and red fruits, a bit of leafiness, some twigs and a bit of tobacco leaves. [62°-64°] Fruits turn a bit darker with deep earth followed by steeped black tea, spiced oak, and this pleasant strike of dark minerals that builds on the midpalate and gets drawn all the way to the finish (as if with a 6B+ pencil). Finishes with all flavors intact of earth, dark minerals, firm spice, almost rotted damp oak (in good way) and just a touch of the dark fruits.

    Attributes: Dark ruby. Dry with medium-plus amounts of fine, grainy tannin. Medium-plus body with well integrated medium to medium-plus acidity. Good finish of at least 20-22 seconds.

    Thoughts: I do not know how to go about this.. this is one of those things where it makes you go, "damn.. what happened??" Young, sure. Maybe the vintage? I don't get smoke or anything so I am not sure there. But comparing to the '16, this almost seems out of place. There's so little similarity to its older bottling. This is a bit brighter but tends to tone it down with a higher temp, whereas the '16 held its flavors strong throughout the entire tasting. Decanting didn't seem to do have major difference from the first glass to the last and the flavors only kinda remind me of the older bottling. Not gonna lie, felt like I got robbed here. There's no rush to open this, give it at least 3-4 years before trying.

    Other notes: Bordeaux glass. Poured one glass, empty rest of bottle into a decanter at cellar temp ~55° for the duration of consumption of approximately 6 hours. Preferred serving temp ~64°+ (flavors were deeper and less bright).

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7 Comments

  • MJP Hou TX commented:

    5/30/21, 9:03 AM - No reason to hold back my man. Tell it like it is. Our fellow CT'ers need to hear the truth when we pay this much for wines. There are some fantastic 17's out there and are drinking beautifully. Sorry this was not one of them.

  • MJP Hou TX commented:

    5/30/21, 9:03 AM - No reason to hold back my man. Tell it like it is. Our fellow CT'ers need to hear the truth when we pay this much for wines. There are some fantastic 17's out there and are drinking beautifully. Sorry this was not one of them.

  • WineBurrowingWombat commented:

    5/30/21, 9:41 AM - Thank you for the support MJP lol! I really hope it was just my bottle or maybe a phase.

  • csimm1161 commented:

    5/31/21, 11:01 AM - The 2017 vintage is........ rough..... :(

  • MJP Hou TX commented:

    5/31/21, 1:24 PM - That it is Csimm. Which is why the Kinsman 17's are just special wines. Might as well be Unicorns.

  • WineBurrowingWombat commented:

    5/31/21, 2:05 PM - Oh man, I am trying so hard to not drink one of those anytime soon - so good!

  • MJP Hou TX commented:

    5/31/21, 2:32 PM - 17 Rhad for the win. Just do it.

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