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Robert Parker: Wine Advocate

96 Points
2016 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

Hirondelle Vineyard, Stags Leap District, Napa Valley

by: Jeb Dunnuck

"The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Hirondelle Vineyard is all Cabernet from a vineyard in the Stags Leap region. Its inky purple color is followed by a seriously good bouquet of blackcurrants, black raspberries, crushed rocks, spice, and cedarwood. It's rich, full-bodied, beautifully concentrated and deep, yet is still slightly tight and closed on the palate. Give this beauty 3-4 years of bottle age and it will keep for two decades or more. It's a brilliant bottle of Cabernet."

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Antonio Galloni: Vinous

94 Points
2017 Estate Cabernet Franc

Hirondelle Vineyard, Stags Leap District, Napa Valley

by: Antonio Galloni

"The 2017 Cabernet Franc Hirondelle Estate Vineyard is another super-intriguing wine in this range from Clos Du Val. Cedar, mocha, espresso, spice and dried flowers give the 2017 striking aromatic top notes, but there is plenty of depth, power and concentration here as well. This is a real knockout wine."

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Robert Parker: Wine Advocate

93 Points
2015 Three Graces

Hirondelle Vineyard, Stags Leap District, Napa Valley

by: James Molesworth

"Rich and ripe, with bold cassis, blackberry puree and steeped plum notes layered together, flanked by a singed alder hint and carrying through a licorice- and graphite-edged finish. Not shy, yet well-built. Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Best from 2022 through 2035. Tasted twice, with consistent notes. 1,019 cases made."

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Wine Enthusiast

90 Points
2016 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

Napa Valley

by: Virginie Boone

"This is blended with 14% Cabernet Franc, 7% Merlot and 3% Petit Verdot, the whole given 20 months in a combination of French and Hungarian oak. It shows bright floral aromatics and bold flavors of blueberry, cinnamon and clove. The texture is soft and well integrated, with a light finish."

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Robert Parker: Wine Advocate

93 Points
2019 Estate Sauvignon Blanc

Yountville, Napa Valley

by: Virginie Boone

"A barrel sample, the 2016 Chardonnay Gran Val Vineyard is a little cedar-forward at the moment, giving way to a fragrant core of ripe apricots, honeydew melon and orange blossoms with hints of toasted almonds and brioche. Medium to full-bodied with a lovely oiliness to the texture, it delivers mouth-filling stone fruit and melon flavors with a lively backbone and great length."

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Wine Enthusiast

96 Points
2016 Three Graces

Hirondelle Vineyard, Stags Leap District, Napa Valley

by: Jeb Dunnuck

"The flagship is the 2016 Red Blend Three Graces, which checks in as 83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Cabernet Franc, and 1% Petit Verdot. It too is inky colored and boasts a rockingly Cabernet nose of blackcurrants, tobacco, crushed rocks, lead pencil, and graphite. It's pure, has full-bodied richness, and sweet tannins, and is a profound wine."

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Antonio Galloni: Vinous

95 Points
2016 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

Hirondelle Vineyard, Stags Leap District, Napa Valley

by: Lisa Perrotti-Brown

"Deep purple-black in color, the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Hirondelle Vineyard needs a little coaxing to reveal layers of very pretty black and red currants, black cherries and wild blueberries scents with underlying hints of new leather, dried mint, aniseed and fenugreek plus a waft of black olives. Medium to full-bodied, the palate has a lot of character, harmony and depth, with the savory-accented black fruits superbly framed by ripe, grainy tannins, finishing long and refreshing."

 

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Wine Enthusiast

92 Points
2019 Estate Pinot Noir Rose

Carneros, Napa Valley

by: Virginie Boone

"Citrus-driven, this wine is made from the producer's State Lane Vineyard in Yountville, and is beautifully aromatic in honeysuckle and hibiscus. Medium bodied and balanced in style, it's dry and bristling in acidity, the flavors sharply defined in grapefruit and tangerine."

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James Suckling

94 Points
2016 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

Hirondelle Vineyard, Stags Leap District, Napa Valley

by: James Suckling

"This has an ultra-concentrated, seamless and plush feel with impressive detail and drive through the palate. Aromas and flavors are in the plum, dark-cherry and blackcurrant zone. This is super plush and suave. Long aging potential. Drink or hold."

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Antonio Galloni: Vinous

93-96 Points
2016 Estate Cabernet Franc

Hirondelle Vineyard, Stags Leap District

by: Antonio Galloni

"The 2016 Cabernet Franc Hirondelle Estate Vineyard is a big step up from the 2015. Big, powerful and explosive in the glass, the 2016 exudes character from the very first taste. It is also more in line with the other wines stylistically than the 2015 is. Inky dark fruit and soaring aromatics, along with plenty of supporting structure, make for a wine that is bursting at the seams with both potential and character. This is an eye-opening wine from Clos du Val."

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Antonio Galloni: Vinous

96 Points
2016 Three Graces

Hirondelle Vineyard, Stags Leap District, Napa Valley

by: Antonio Galloni

"The 2016 Red Blend Three Graces is stellar. Rich and unctuous, the Three Graces also has terrific freshness and plenty of structure to play off its more extroverted learnings. Dark red cherry, plum, espresso, bittersweet chocolate, rose petal and spice build as this racy, potent wine shows off its flamboyant yet polished personality. Dollops of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot round out the blend."

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