2018 JAMES JOSEPH KATHRYN’S RESERVE CABERNET SAUVIGNON
Tasting Notes from Master Sommelier, “The 2018 James Joseph Kathryn’s Reserve begins with a nose combining deep, rich aromas of Autumn spiced blackberry cobbler, dried tobacco leaves, fresh mint, and sweet vanilla. The palate is intensely focused, with tantalizing layers of lush, concentrated black currants, crème de cassis, blueberry purée, and espresso roast, all in perfect balance. The ripe fruit tannins are silky smooth, so this wine begs you to drink it now, or over the next 10 years. This release is quite possibly the best James Joseph Kathryn’s ever made.” KEVIN M. VOGT 96 POINTS
Extended Tasting Notes from Edward, “Deep, Inky-Purple almost Black in color… An aromatic pleasure bomb: as soon as you pop the cork, the entire room is full of aromas as you pour. This impeccably crafted beauty invites you in with intense aromas of freshly picked Blueberries, Ultra-Ripe Blackberries, Bora Bora Vanilla, and Black Cherries covered in Dark Chocolate. The aromas match the taste precisely with a Powerful Elegance. Lip-smacking and delicious, it will make you smile. Copious layers of blue and black fruits fill the mid-palate, and are framed on the finish by flavors of fresh picked blackberries, black currant, dark plums, espresso and vanilla. The seamless texture is extraordinarily lush and wonderfully complex on the palate. The minute plus finish is long and lingering and this wine features a high level of sophistication rarely experienced, much less at this modest price point. Enjoy now or cellar for next 10-12 years. Only 100 Cases Produced” CALIHIWINES 96+ POINTS NOW, and 100 POINTS when you OPEN IT and decant.
My Highest Recommendation of the Year so far under $50/btl. (opened at 3:00pm, tasted 11.02.20 6:33 PM, PST and re-tasted at 9:25 PM — showed perfection after 6-hour decant)