2017 Fairchild Wines

Tasted August 1, 2020 by Cristal2000 with 111 views

Introduction

Thanks to Larry Fairchild for an excellent tasting. One of the nicest guys in the valley. He cuts no corners and his bottles are works of art!

Flight 1 (6 notes)

White
2017 Fairchild Estate Chardonnay Stones Russian River Perrarus Block A3 USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley
97 points
A new wine from Fairchild, this is flat out awesome. Their stated goal was to make this more like a White Burgundy than a California Chard, and they achieved that in spades. This shows more like a Montrachet than most anything coming out of Sonoma. Hints of mango, pear, citrus, baked bread and minerality on a lovely bouquet. On the palate, this is super pure and precise, displays bright acidity, tons of mineral driven flavors, limestone and wonderful underlying structure. It is fresh, long and absolutely dynamite.
Red
2017 Fairchild Estate Cabernet Sauvignon G III USA, California, Napa Valley, St. Helena
93 points
Last year of the GIII for Fairchild, and this is a nice effort given the challenges of the vintage. Definitely a bit leaner and more linear than previous offerings, but the quality still shows. Blackcurrant, blueberries, herbs and fragrant earth on the nose. Medium to full bodied, this is way more savory than most GIII wines I've had. Restrained blue fruit is complemented by rustic, earthy and mineral driven flavors. Nice acidity and lift.
Red
2017 Fairchild Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Sigaro USA, California, Napa Valley, St. Helena
93 points
I found this moderately more interesting than the GIII. Plums, blackcurrant, tobacco, menthol and iron show on the nose. Well concentrated for the vintage, this has fine grained but fairly pronounced tannins, lots of mineral driven flavors and nice blue fruit. It is a taut wine that needs a bit of time in the bottle. Finishes long and a bit austere.
Red
2017 Fairchild Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Stones No. 1 Perrarus Block 1 USA, California, Napa Valley
95 points
Up until this vintage, this wine was Las Piedras fruit. It is now a blend of valley floor and Pritchard Hill. To go from an iconic vineyard source like LPV into a blend at this price point is a tough move. That said, this and the Stones 3 were easily the best wines of the tasting, so maybe Larry is onto something.

Blackcurrant, cassis fruit, spice box, iron ore and violets on a great nose. Medium to Full Bodied and fairly rich, this kept opening up in the glass showing more and more flavor and concentration. It's a complex wine, with many different savory and red earth flavors adding with pure blue fruit to create a compelling overall profile. Has nice acidity and freshness and a long finish.
Red
2017 Fairchild Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Stones No. 2 Perranus Blocks 1 & 2 USA, California, Napa Valley
93 points
Blackcurrant, tobacco, iron ore, white flowers and licorice on the nose. Currently a little austere, it shows the most mineral driven notes in the lineup. Stone and earth are complemented but blue/red fruit with good levels of freshness. The tannins are big and pronounced, and it is a bit reticent to show its cards at the moment. In fitting with the vintage, it isn't showing the overall depth of flavor or previous vintages, and is a tad bit linear. Should age well.
Red
2017 Fairchild Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Stones No. 3 Tench Vineyard USA, California, Napa Valley
95 points
This is a great effort. Creme de cassis, stunning floral aromas, dark chocolate, spice box and earthy elements on the nose. The richest, most concentrated and full bodied of the 2017 wines, this shows excellent balance and fabulous purity. Lovely black and blue fruit interplay well with earthy notions, encapsulated by really fine grained tannins. There's good lift, nice acidity and a generous flavor profile. Definitely more angular than the 2016 edition, but relative to 2017, this wine has great depth. Nice long finish.
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