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The 2018 Lotus Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon expresses heady aromas of fresh blackberry, currant, graphite, and a hint of orange peel. Flavors of plums and summer blackberries mingle with sweet spices and cacao weave into the silky tannin canvas. The wine captures the essence of the vintage with its creamy texture, concentrated fruit which are balanced with and energetic backbone and savory saline finish.
100 Points - James Suckling
Seductive aromas of blackberries, blackcurrants, black olives, pine needles and violets follow through to a full body. The tannins are so poised and dynamic while being extremely fine and focused. It goes on for minutes. Caresses every millimetre of your palate. A truly great 2018 that highlights the balance, finesse and refinement of the vintage. Needs time to come completely together.
99+ Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Lotus Vineyard is just below Howell Mountain, not high enough to make that AVA. A very steep vineyard, 100% hand farmed, Lotus is by far the warmest site for this estate. The 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Lotus Vineyard is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon (clones 15, 4 and 337), aged for 25 months in French oak barrels, 100% new. Deep garnet-purple colored, it sashays out of the glass with bold, flamboyant scents of chocolate-covered cherries, wild blueberries and warm cassis with hints of menthol, lilacs, clove oil and crushed rocks plus a waft of iron ore. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is wonderfully elegant, delivering vibrant black and blue fruits with a firm, exquisitely fine-grained texture and fantastic freshness, finishing with epic length and energy. Only 372 cases were made.