VHR Vine Hill Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon 2019
VHR Vine Hill Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon 2019 In the wake of the lauded 2018 growing season, noted for its uniformity and temperate warm weather, 2019 again delivered ideal conditions for a remarkable vintage from Vine Hill Ranch. The result is a Cabernet Sauvignon wine of tremendous depth and complexity.
Graced with exceptional soil and climate, VHR Vine Hill Ranch descends from the foothills of the Mayacamas Mountains into Western Oakville, nestled between the Harlan Estate and Dominus. Three generations of the Phillips family have cultivated wine grapes here, joining a long line of Napa Valley growers who have farmed these acres since 1884. The VHR Vine Hill Ranch vineyard is divided into seven distinct blocks, and it is the individual harvesting and blending of these seven blocks by winemaker Francoise Peschon (Accendo, Cornell, Heimark, Haut Brion), that creates the finesse of VHR. Seven unique sites – one wine.
Vinous – “The 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon tastes like a barrel sample, such is its purity of fruit and lushness! It is perhaps the most opulent wine ever made here and therefore likely to require a number of years before it is even close to being ready to drink. Primary fruit and lush contours are front and center. The 2019 needs time to come together, and yet its sheer beauty is impossible to miss. The 2019 is a real head turner, that much is clear. Even today, though, the 2019 is outrageously beautiful.” (98+ Pts)
Wine Enthusiast – “This red is beautifully rich and supple in red fruit, polished tannin and a depth of layered complexity. It is broad and generous, with complexity to age and fresh, lasting acidity that illuminates and energizes the palate. Enjoy from 2029–2039.” (98 Pts, CELLAR SELECTION)
Wine Spectator – “This Oakville stunner is loaded with cassis, plum reduction and boysenberry pâte de fruit aromas and flavors, all allied to a deeply embedded iron spine. Singed alder and apple wood notes frame the edges, while sparkles of anise, violet and bramble add range and textual nuance. Reveals a great tug of earth late on the finish, with the fruit still dripping at the very end. Built for the cellar. Best from 2024 through 2040. 1,200 cases made.” (97 Pts)