Red

2018 Vine Hill Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon VHR

Cabernet Sauvignon

  • USA
  • California
  • Napa Valley
  • Oakville
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Community Tasting Notes 10

  • tyfabes Likes this wine: 97 points

    September 23, 2021 - Tasted on-site with Bruce. Bottles were opened about 20 mins prior to pouring and no decant.

    Deep concentration of blue fruit and very nice acidity. This vintage shows a dark chocolate note on the back palate that was very enjoyable leading into a remarkably long finish. At this stage, the tannins were quite chalky and drying. They were heavy and mouth coating, making it difficult for this wine to show properly out of the gate. However, after just 30 mins in the glass, the wine started to relax, became more expressive, and started giving a glimpse . This wine no doubt has the stuffing to end up as an extraordinary wine, especially given the vintage.

    Out of the gate, the 2016s seem more concentrated and have a bit more weight to them. Over time, I fully expect the 2018s to grow into their shoes, but it's just hard to tell to what degree relative to the other epic vintages.

    I think these will need more time in the cellar compared to the 2016s. Give these a minimum 5 years in the cellar and I think they'll end up neck and neck with 2016. 97pts now, with upside at 98-100 pts.

    6 people found this helpful Comments (2)
  • Cristal2000 Likes this wine: 96 points

    September 21, 2021 - 2018 VHR Face Off (blind), with Arrow & Branch, Mememto Mori, VHR and Tor represented. Easily the reddest fruited and lightest overall bodied, but with remarkable pixelated tannins, refinement and a building power that shows its best days are ahead. Aromas lead with black raspberries, mint, black licorice, chargrill and spice box. Hits the palate lightly to start, with fabulous purity and well-integrated tannins. Shows a nice mix of reddish/blue fruit and savory flavors. Builds power through the mid palate, displaying great layering, elegance and class. Very nice long and earthy finish. Like most of these wines, this needs some time. Not as good as the 16, but still super high quality

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  • MAXIMUM SATISFACTION wrote: 98 points

    September 2, 2021 - Just fantastic from the start and much more approachable than what was tasted with Bruce a few months back. As always modern Napa expression but with a dialed back old school/Bordeaux complexity. Very much the Francoise Peschon style but the terroir actually does come through here elevating it beyond her other projects. Dark fruit, cassis, mineral/lead, dark chocolate, tobacco, dried earth and some herbaceous elements. Tannins and acidity still rip hard drying the mouth so time in bottle is ideal. Might be the best VHR I’ve had.

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  • Lord of the Bottles Likes this wine: 95 points

    August 31, 2021 - Double decanted then poured back into bottle and re corked for about 1.5 hours. Nose of charcoal and moss which became more pronounced with air. Palate comprised mostly blueberry liqueur along with some darker fruit and graphite. Tannins lurking in the background. This wine is just about drinkable now with air just for the palate-staining fruit but wiser/more patient minds than me should wait another few years. Tough to score; seems mid 90s at this stage with maybe another point or two as it develops. Screams St Estephe, for you Bordeaux folks.

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  • Neecies Likes this wine: 98 points

    August 4, 2021 - "Like it" just isn't strong enough. This is one of the most captivating young Napa cabernets I can remember having--impeccable balance and sophistication without an overload of oak or other manipulations. It earns the scores. Btw, I read thru all the notes here before deciding how to prep it and decided to err on the side of a splash decant. The result of pouring off (yes there was some sediment) 80% of it, filtering the remainder then adding all back to the cleaned bottle and recorking about two hours before service was perfect. The wine was fresh and accessible, and we drank it over two hours without the tannins clamping down. Outstanding.

    5 people found this helpful Comments (8)
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  • By Antonio Galloni
    Napa Valley’s Thrilling 2018s & 2019s, Part 1 (Jan 2021), 1/1/2021 (link)

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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2018
  • Type Red
  • Producer Vine Hill Ranch
  • Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Designation VHR
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country USA
  • Region California
  • SubRegion Napa Valley
  • Appellation Oakville

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 178 (14%)
  • In Cellars 1,036 (83%)
  • Consumed 32 (3%)

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