About professional Ratings
The 2018 Helms Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon is perfumed with dried rose petals, star anise, and black plums. Elegant and refined tannins mingled flavours of black cherry, mocha, and exotic spices. The finish lingers and displays the wine's precision and poise. While delicious now, the wine will gracefully build in complexity as it ages.
99 Points - James Suckling
Sweet white chocolate with currant, plum and subtle hazelnut on the nose. Some other spices, such as nutmeg and cloves. Floral. Full-bodied with extremely fine tannins that go on and on. The beautiful center plate is dense yet polished and fine and continues on. Exceptional. Fantastic finish. Drinkable now, but needs four or five years to show its true greatness.
98+ Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Helms vineyard consists of five acres on gravelly loam, right on the northern edge of the Rutherford bench, planted in 1997 and 1998 to Cabernet Sauvignon clones See and 337. The 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Helms Vineyard is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon and was aged for 21 months in French oak barrels, 100% new. Deep garnet-purple coloured, it rolls out of the glass with seductive scents of Morello cherries, blackcurrant pastilles and mulberries with hints of chocolate mint, violets and forest floor, plus a waft of cinnamon toast. Full-bodied, the palate has an ethereal weight, dancing with bright, vibrant black and blue fruits and a lively line of freshness, textured with beautifully ripe, velvety tannins, finishing long and mineral-laced. Wow. Only 422 cases were made.