2017 Synthesis Cabernet Sauvignon
2017 Synthesis Cabernet Sauvignon Dark purple-black at the core going out to ruby-violet at the rim. The nose shows a deep center of black currant, blackberry, and bay leaf. Raw chocolate, organic potting soil, and violets round out the periphery, with tones of Madagascar vanilla and brand new leather. Rich and full on the palate, it’s got ripe, supple tannins that are beautifully counterbalanced by warm dense fruit. Full and structured, yet soft and polished on the finish, this wine has a lot to offer, and a long life ahead of it.
95 James Suckling: A fresh, floral red with currant and dried-mushroom aromas that follow to a full body, round and juicy tannins and a flavorful finish. Needs another year or two to come around. Try after 2021.
Cabernet Sauvignon is the world’s foremost red wine-grape variety. Though widely cultivated throughout the world, it is most commonly associated with the red wines of Bordeaux.
In the vineyard, Cabernet Sauvignon grapes are small, thick-skinned and decidedly blue-colored, with a high pip-to-pulp ratio. Its thick skin results in wines of profoundly deep color, and the pips add a high level of tannin.
It ripens late, which is advantageous in warmer climates like Bordeaux, France and California. In colder growing environments, Cabernet Sauvignon can easily fail to ripen properly. Unripe Cabernet Sauvignon shows a lot of the aromas similar to unripe Cabernet Franc, notably a green or herbaceous character. This may not be entirely surprising, as Cabernet Sauvignon’s parents are Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc.
Cabernet Sauvignon’s flavors can vary from region to another. Cabernet Sauvignon produced in Bordeaux’s Margaux appellation varies considerably from one grown farther north in Pauillac, for example. The best Cabernet Sauvignon wines tend to have deep color, good structure and a full body. They are tannic in youth, especially when aged in oak, and often require a few years to soften before they become enjoyable to drink. Typical flavors may include black fruits like blackcurrant or blackberry, as well as fragrant cigar box, tobacco and coffee.”