2018 Arkenstone Cabernet Sauvignon Amoenus

Cabernet Sauvignon

  • USA
  • California
  • Napa Valley
Drink between 2021 - 2032 (Edit)
CT95.3 5 reviews

Community Tasting Notes 5

  • csimm1161 wrote: 95 points

    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): A TON of fruit roars on to the palate with gobs of black cherry and plum flavors. Succulent and flamboyant, suffused with black raspberry liqueur and fruity mixed berry elements that create a powerfully deluxe profile. This presents as an uber fresh bag o’ Skittles; somewhat of a contrast to, for example, the often raisiny-ripe Maybach exemplars of Amoenus. I recommend giving the Arkenstone Amoenus a few years to get into its glide and tame some of its razzleberry conduct. There is no doubt a definite yum factor here. 95+ point potential.

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  • Cristal2000 Likes this wine: 96 points

    April 22, 2021 - As others have noted, this is a new wine from Arkenstone. Maybach also makes a wine from here, and it is right next to Vice Versa's new home vineyard in Calistoga. I sometimes think Maybach is over the top extracted, so I was excited to see what Sam could do with it. Turned out to be my favorite red poured during this tasting from Arkenstone.

    Nicely fragrant nose of dark cherries, black currant, spring flowers, wet stone and hints of asian spice. Shows great concentration and nice balance, not going over the top with extracted fruit, but also displaying the freshness and purity of the vintage and vineyard. As always with Sam's wine, the tannin management and overall mouthfeel is impeccable, and the wine gains weight from the mid palate to a long finish. This is a great first effort for this vineyard. I have become more and more interested in the Arkenstone Estate Cab, and this now gives me a second wine to enjoy from them in a "Napa reasonable" price range. Just don't spend much time looking at the ridiculously bad labels they threw on these. :)

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  • AGELVIS Likes this wine: 94 points

    April 22, 2021 - Thirty minutes in the glass before drinking (i.e. baby decant). Very deep dark purple-hued magenta color. Boysenberry, blackberry, chocolatey marzipan, and subtle candy cane on the deep, elegant nose. Very smooth, dry palate. Firm, full tannins on the longish finish.

    This is very very young, but already beautiful. It will improve with more time in the cellar and a multi-hour decant.

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  • LiteItOnFire Likes this wine:

    April 3, 2021 - Dream Trip - Napa On A Mission - All My favorites Plus A Few New Ones; 4/1/2021-4/4/2021 (Napa Valley): The 2018 Amoenus was very good. I have not knowingly tasted any other wine from this vineyard except for Maybach but once I saw it at Arkenstone I had to have it! I love me some Kaplan and Amoenus - is it a match made in heaven or a partnership gone wrong, inquiring minds had to find out!

    Luckily it turned into a great wine, and one with future releases as Sam gets to know the vineyard a bit more will climb up the rating scale. I enjoyed it so much I added it to my cellar. I could not come close to putting my thoughts on this wine any better than CSIMM put it - don't expect a Maybach (which I love and is the only TRB wine I now buy and drink with enthusiasm) rather a more Kaplanesq version- which is what I was looking for. My only diff opinion from CSIMM on the Maybach TRB note below is the 2016 Maybach Amoenus, around this time after its release, wasn't as full throttle as its older siblings may have been at this time and it had more verve than the releases around it (so if you are going off 2016 just a mental note from my experience say vs the 2015 but CSIMM has a much better palate than mine so there is that). This was a PNP and didn't get to spend enough time with it so I will not rate it. Once I get to open my bottle I will provide another review with my final thoughts. I am a buyer and really enjoyed the wine.

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  • csimm1161 wrote: 96 points

    December 7, 2019 - Sam Kaplan - Arkenstone, Mememto Mori, Maxem, Vangone #3: From the site that has been known as “Not the Materium, but the other wine that Maybach makes,” the Amoenus makes an appearance on the Arkenstone label in 2018. The first sip tells you this thing is a Whippet ready to launch from the gates and chase your palate all over God’s green earth with some of the most energetic red-fruit flavors known to mankind. SO…MUCH…ENERGY. And even with its nervy tension, there is notable balance that reminds you this is a Sam Kaplan wine, not some cranberry cocktail abomination. Of course, the easy comparison is to the Maybach wine, which is SO different than this wine, likely because the fruit Kaplan picked wasn’t left hung until December like the Maybach version (just kidding folks; everyone calm down – the Maybach is just…riper… than Arkenstone’s sample. So be forewarned, if you’re looking for a TRB purple-palate-eater Amoenus, you won’t find it here. Instead, expect a more sharply carved creature with the Arkenstone. I personally like both interpretations of this site…You just gotta know what you’re getting into. Arkenstone = Pair with a fatty steak that still is quivering and needs serious cut. Maybach = Pair with melted brie cheese in a bikini covered in chocolate and liquid salami. 95-96+ points. Hold for 5+ years.

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  • By Jeb Dunnuck
    Napa Valley’s 2018s, 1/27/2021 (link)

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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2018
  • Type Red
  • Producer Arkenstone
  • Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Designation n/a
  • Vineyard Amoenus
  • Country USA
  • Region California
  • SubRegion Napa Valley
  • Appellation Napa Valley

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  • Pending Delivery 2 (1%)
  • In Cellars 132 (90%)
  • Consumed 12 (8%)

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