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2017 Ilaria Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #1463606 94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon is made up of 78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Malbec, 7% Cabernet Franc and 7% Merlot aged 22 months in 75% new French oak. Deep purple-black in color, it gives up expressive notes of baked blackcurrants, blackberry pie and spice cake with hints of licorice, tobacco and forest floor. Medium to full-bodied, rich and spicy in the mouth, it has a solid backbone of ripe, grainy tannins and background freshness, finishing on a compelling black tea note. (LPB) 94+ Inner quote mark (10/2019)

93 points Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark Blackcurrants, blueberries, crushed violets, white chocolate, and spice notes all emerge from the 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley, and this beauty is fleshy, full-bodied, and opulent, with gorgeous tannins and a beautiful finish. A blend of 78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Malbec, and 7% each of Cabernet Franc and Merlot, aged in 75% new French oak, it’s a brilliant value in Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon to enjoy over the coming 15 years or so. Inner quote mark (1/2020)

K&L Notes

Winery notes: From the vineyards of Bordeaux to the vineyards of Napa Valley, Anna Monticelli has been fortunate to study and work with some of the most heralded winemakers in the world. Her journey began at the University of California Davis, where she earned a degree in viticulture and enology, then continued in France where she studied at the Sorbonne. During that period, Anna developed a love for French wine and wanted to return and experience an old-world harvest. She did that in the fall of 2000, working in the cellar of the famed Château Cheval-Blanc. She returned to Napa in 2000 and spent two years as the assistant winemaker at Seavey Vineyard before working for four years as the assistant winemaker at Bryant Family Vineyard.

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