Red

2015 Tusk Estates Cabernet Sauvignon

Cabernet Sauvignon

  • USA
  • California
  • Napa Valley
Drink between 2021 - 2030 (Edit)
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Community Tasting Notes 7

  • knlowery Likes this wine: 96 points

    August 2, 2020 - delicious, enjoyed over 2 evenings and better still the second night.

    Lovely earthiness blended with the fruit and structure.

  • eschuldt wrote: 97 points

    August 1, 2020 - Drank alongside an ‘09, while the older wine was a bit softer and better integrated this was my preference. Great fruit and in a few years should be awesome.

  • LiteItOnFire Likes this wine: 94 points

    July 31, 2020 - No notes. Drank alongside 2012 Velvet Glove. I agree with MSU, until the very last half glass of this wine, the Glove was the preferred wine hands down. It wasn’t until the end the Tusk started to shine. Will have to revisit as this really started to turn a corner but even at this stage was unable to show its true self.

    Recommend holding for a few years or may hour decant.

    2 people found this helpful Comment
  • msuwine wrote: 98 points

    November 21, 2019 - This powerful and rich Cabernet is downright explosive right now: the fruit is bursting at the seams, the earthy but elegant undertone is present, and the finish goes on and on. It took a few hours of air to get where I had hoped it would, but this is plainly a special - and great - wine.

    Dark purple in color and full in body, the wine offers enticing aromas of blueberry, black cherry, graphite, fresh lavender, and charcoal. The tastes are lucious but elegant, with notes of boysenberry, strawberry tart, menthol, leather, rosemary, and gravel, with a finish that offers fruit, tannin, and acidity in the kind of silky texture that makes the flavors seem all the more impressive - unique but polished, powerful but graceful. 15.4% alcohol.

    I at first thought this 2015 was in a dreaded “dumb phase” - a real bummer when you open a bottle this expensive. After about two hours, though, it came alive, with a depth and tension that were remarkable. A wine this pricey should be this good, but it’s nice when it actually is. 97-98 for now, with upside in a few years.

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  • csimm1161 wrote: 99 points

    September 14, 2019 - Tusk vertical - 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 (Seven Hills restaurant, SF + Tusk party - with Cristal2000): The clear standout and undeniable best of the Tusk lineup was indeed the complex and sophisticated 2015 Tusk. As seemed to be the case for most everyone at the table, the progressive vintages represented marked improvement each year, with the 2015 dominating over its older siblings. Now whether this speaks to an inability to age or a year-to-year uptick in quality and production is somewhat of a question I suppose – I personally trust it’s the latter).

    Specific notes of black cherry, huckleberry, and purple plum dominate. A nice zing of wild red raspberry and iron dart through the otherwise dark berry profile, making one suppose that the Pritchard Hill component of this wine is trying to make a statement here with its showy red fruit and volcanic earth notes. Finishes with a perfect equilibrium of richness and grip, with bitter chocolate and black raspberry seed notes popping up on the tail. The 2015 is more controlled and keenly focused than the curved 2012 and opulent 2014; it is also comparatively deeper and more concentrated than the bristly 2013.

    I’m sure this wine can go a good distance, as it possesses great intensity and tension, but it’s spitting out enticing, vivacious flavors even in its current state. Drink now or hold depending on how you like to take down your modern cult Napa Cabs. There is a little more than a whisper of booze on the very tail (the only thing really keeping this from being a 100 point wine for me), so obviously giving it time to continue to integrate into its elements is most prudent. 99+ points.

    Day 2: This was also served at the Tusk party. The samples served that night of the 2015 seemed much more lavish (more akin to the 2014 from the night before). The chocolate and vanilla wood influence dominated, making for a rich chocolate-covered-blackberry profile. Less of the Pritchard Hill terroir. Anyway, I’m not sure of the treatment of the wine before these glasses were offered and how long the wines had been opened before service. Interesting how the same wine can change based on a few seemingly small factors. Certainly delicious, this version of 2015 was more hedonistic and modern in execution seemingly due to the lavish barrel influence here.

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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2015
  • Type Red
  • Producer Tusk Estates
  • Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Designation n/a
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country USA
  • Region California
  • SubRegion Napa Valley
  • Appellation Napa Valley

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  • Pending Delivery 3 (0%)
  • In Cellars 607 (63%)
  • Consumed 351 (37%)

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