2019 Amici Reserve Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

96points

Jeb Dunnuck

“Best Napa Cabernet Sauvignon at the price point”

Winemaking Notes

This 2019 Amici Cellars Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon highlights the lush, ripe fruit and Rutherford Dust of valley floor vineyards along with the structure and ageability of Napa Valley’s best mountain appellations. Aromas of blackberry, black currant and dark cherry give way to notes of cedar box and currant. The palate is dense and powerful with laser-like precision. Savory and thick with notes of blackberry cobbler and baker’s chocolate, the wine is also layered with hints of black raspberry and new leather. A long, fruit-driven finish with polished tannins leaves you wanting another sip.

Vintage
2019
Varietal
Cabernet Sauvignon
Appellation
Napa Valley
Blend
87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Petit Verdot, 6% Cabernet Sauvignon
Alcohol
14.9%
Fermentation & Aging
100% Stainless Steel fermentation. Aged 20 months in 100% new French Oak barrels

Reviews

96points

Jeb Dunnuck

“The 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve Napa Valley comes from a mix of all the single vineyards. Readers should never overlook this type of wine, as the ability to blend from multiple sites gives winemakers incredible flexibility, and these wines can represent smoking values. Full-bodied aromas and flavors of currants, chocolate, lead pencil, and graphite emerge from this beauty, and it’s ripe, mouth-filling and balanced, with a great texture. It’s in the running for the best Napa Cabernet Sauvignon at the price point.”

94-96points

Wine Advocate

“The 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve is composed of 87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Petit Verdot and 6% Cabernet Franc. Deep garnet-purple in color, it prances out of the glass with showy notes of warm cassis, baked black berries, Black Forest cake and menthol, plus suggestions of cardamom and licorice. The medium to full-bodied palate is refreshing and elegantly styled with bags of juicy, expressive black fruits and a satisfyingly savory finish. 1,600 cases are due to be made. (Tasted as a barrel sample.)”

94points

James Suckling

“Aromas of blackcurrants, hazelnuts, chocolate and violets follow through to a full body with round, creamy tannins and a pretty finish. The soft and juicy texture makes it attractive now, but better in three to four years. Try after 2025.”

93points

The Wine Independent

“The 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve is composed of 87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Petit Verdot, and 6% Cabernet Franc. Deep garnet-purple in color, it opens with sauteed herbs, pencil lead, and damp soil notes over a core of red and black currant preserves, blackberries, and Morello cherries. Medium to full-bodied, it is juicy, firm, and grainy, with a lively line and lifted finish.”

91-94points

Vinous Media

“The 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve remains the hidden gem in this range. Naturally, it does not have the singularity of the vineyard designates, but then again, that whole concept (with a few exceptions) is very new to Napa Valley, where historically most wines were blends. That concept works so well in the Reserve, a wine that takes elements of several sites for a whole that is greater than the sum of its parts. Gravel, spice, leather and sweet spice open with a bit of air, but ultimately it is the wine’s balance that really says it all. This is a fabulous showing.”

93points

Wine Advocate

“Marked by scents of brown sugar and cedar, the 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve backs those with blackberry and cassis notes. Full-bodied and intense, it’s a big, slightly rugged effort that may lack the polish of the single-vineyard wines here, but it delivers ample richness and flavor.”

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