Red

2016 Tusk Estates Cabernet Sauvignon

Cabernet Sauvignon

  • USA
  • California
  • Napa Valley
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Community Tasting Notes 7

  • csimm1161 wrote:

    April 30, 2021 - 3 days in Napa: Arkenstone, Memento Mori, Maxem, The French Laundry, Christopher Tynan, Kinsman, Harlan, Vice Versa, Accendo, Fairchild, Macdonald, and a truckload of others (Napa): This bottle is all about power right now. Black fruit and booze dominate the entry, finally relaxing after an hour or so of air. In fact, I revisited this bottle 24 hours later and it wasn’t until then that it was finally starting to calm down and show some of the otherwise tremendous core fruit elements this wine has displayed with previous bottles I’ve had. Sit on these for a while, as they are seemingly starting to get into a grumpy phase where the integration and evolution of its elements still have a bit of sorting out to do. Hold for 6+ years minimum.

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  • AGELVIS Likes this wine: 96 points

    January 1, 2021 - Four hour decant. Deep dark magenta color. Baker’s chocolate, tea, caramel, and subtle raspberry on the nose. Super plush palate, with soft, tongue coating acidity. Firm, but simultaneously round tannins on the long finish.

    This was terrific, but not better than amazing $100 - $200 bottles. I’m relieved, because I cannot afford to drink this price point more than once per year. ;)

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  • WineBurrowingWombat Likes this wine: 98 points

    November 26, 2020 - Nose: [57°] Clean and heavy deep earth, clean pencil shavings, green forest bramble, slightly damp clean oak like an ancient tree that had its bark removed, dark red fruits along with some purple currants. After about 5 hours, the nose doesn't change much but everything seems to be turned up just a bit if it's not the same.

    Palate: [57°] A rich and intense rush of dark fruited earth, a heavy yet fine dusting of dark pencil lead laced throughout, similar oak from the nose, dark and silvery minerals and nice steeped tea on the finish. No major difference after 5 hours, very similar if not the same.

    Attributes: Dark medium ruby. Dry with medium-plus amounts of fine, chewy tannin. Medium body with medium to medium-plus acidity. Great finish of about 20-24 seconds.

    Thoughts: I don't know how I get lucky like this sometimes but this was amazing and straight from the bottle. I poured one glass and slow-ox'ed the rest as some people seemed to recommend few hours of air time. First glass only lasted ~30 mins but it was really good. An amazing marriage of flavors - full of dark fruit, rich earth, graphite and clean oak flavors (marriage might've not been the right word). Delivery on the palate is like a river of tasty bold flavors flowing into the mouth and when it runs dry, you're left with tasty minerals. 97-98

    Other notes: Bordeaux glass. Poured 1 glass out, recorked and placed back into wine fridge for ~5 hrs, tilted ~45° to increase surface area. Slow-ox'ing seem to have made no difference here so maybe taste and decant if necessary. First glass blew me away, so if it treats you the same initially, might not wanna bother with a decant unless it's needed. Consumed over 6.5 hrs.

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  • eschuldt wrote: 99 points

    October 31, 2020 - As other have said, a really special bottle. Balanced, complex and just the total package.

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  • The Wine Geek Likes this wine: 100 points

    July 10, 2020 - Incredible bottle of wine. As suggested by the guys at Tusk, open, decant for a couple of hours and serve at cellar temperature. Very well balanced between Fruit, Acidity and Tannins. Lovely sophisticated but not overpowering rich black fruits. I am normally a big fruit guy, big bold fruit bombs. What blew me away about this wine is the finish, it lasted for minutes enticing you to sip more. I think in maybe 3 or 4 years it may even get better. The problem is that I don't think its going to be in my cellar for a few more years.
    This is the 2nd wine this year I have given a 100 points to. Shitty year for Covid, great year for wine.

    2 people found this helpful Comments (3)
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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2016
  • Type Red
  • Producer Tusk Estates
  • Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Designation n/a
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  • Country USA
  • Region California
  • SubRegion Napa Valley
  • Appellation Napa Valley

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  • In Cellars 679 (28%)
  • Consumed 1,706 (71%)

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