Red

2017 Barnett Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Rattlesnake Hill

Cabernet Sauvignon

  • USA
  • California
  • Napa Valley
  • Spring Mountain District
Drink between 2027 - 2038 (Edit)
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Community Tasting Notes 5

  • Francophile1 Likes this wine: 92 points

    March 6, 2021 - After two hours in the decanter, this started to open up. A very balanced wine, but still very primary. I would hold this for 3 more years and then try again to see if it puts on more weight.

  • jswine15 Likes this wine: 94 points

    December 10, 2020 - great juice. Well balanced, with good fruit balanced with tannins and acid. Lots of ripe red fruit, but will develop over time Try again in a year

  • sirpat00 wrote: 93 points

    May 13, 2020 - Putzi's Napa 2017 new arrival tasting: A new Napa arrival tasting hosted by a wine merchant. A total of 30 wines mostly from 2017 (with a few 2018 whites and new releases from 2016 and 2015 in the mix) were presented in various price brackets ($40 to $200+). For 2017 my takeaways were 1) 2017 is already approachable and offers immediate drinking pleasure. But 2) the wines also came across lighter and less layered. 2017 doesn’t seem to have the refinement of 2016, the depth of 2014 or the muscular concentration of 2015. For many, it seems, finding a spot in the sun will be hard with 5 outstanding vintages before and likely 2 more (at least) right behind. There were notable exceptions of course. Wine of the night was Diamond Creek Volcanic Hill 2017 (95) and just whisker behind Viader 2017 (95). A very notable mention deserves the Detert East Block Cabernet Franc 2017 for its unique character (94).

    Tasting note:
    Sweet vanilla and powdered sugar jump out of the glass first. Pure, relatively cool fruit, fine oak but then muscular and still somewhat wild on the palate. A solid wine, although the price is a big ask in a lesser vintage.

  • Mihrig Likes this wine: 95 points

    January 19, 2020 - Delicious and drinking well now. Hints of dark fruit, oak and vanilla.

  • rwb redlands wrote:

    January 18, 2020 - The 2017 Rattlesnake is opaque purple at the core with a dark purple rim. At this very young stage the nose is expressing pure cassis concentrate, black plum, ground cocoa nib and anise. Numerous spices start to emerge from the glass; clove, pepper and bright cinnamon. Every return to the glass brings a new round of descriptors. Round upon entrance the wine is very quick to the big chalky tannins at this stage. Coffee grounds, cooking chocolate and dark volcanic minerality dominate the palate. The tannins are certainly young and firm, chalky but very present, where mountain acidity comes in for balance. This is one of the biggest Rattlesnake Cabernets we have ever made, where at 18-19 years it will start to show a beautiful bottle bouquet and still have some youthful fruit (2037-2038)

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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2017
  • Type Red
  • Producer Barnett Vineyards
  • Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Designation n/a
  • Vineyard Rattlesnake Hill
  • Country USA
  • Region California
  • SubRegion Napa Valley
  • Appellation Spring Mountain District
  • UPC Code 083085400217

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 6 (0%)
  • In Cellars 1,212 (94%)
  • Consumed 68 (5%)

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