2018 Morlet Family Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Passionnement

Cabernet Sauvignon - 750ML
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JD 100 WA 97 VN 96 WS 93
JD 100

jebdunnuck.com, January 2021

The ripest, most sexy, and opulent in the lineup, the 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Passionnement is pure magic in a glass and tops out on my scale. Reminding me of some of the older Harlan Estate releases with its massive yet...
WA 97

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, January 2021

(97+ points) The 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Passionnement is a barrel selection blend of all three of Morlet's estate vineyards: Coeur de Vallée in Oakville, Morlet Estate in St. Helena and Mon Chevalier in Knights Valley...
VN 96

Vinous, January 2021

The 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Passionement is a blend from estate vineyards in St. Helena and Knights Valley. Bold and unctuous in the glass, the 2018 offers plenty of richness and depth, even if some slightly angular...
WS 93

Wine Spectator, December 2021

Ripe and dense, showing a core of plum, cassis and dark cherry reduction flavors, with subtle warm earth and sweet tobacco notes filtering through on the broad finish. Delivers a polished structure that holds everything...


Color & Type Red
Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon
Country USA
Region California
Sub-region North Coast
Appellation Napa
Sub-appellation Oakville
Vintage 2018
Size 750ML
Percent alcohol 15.5%
Closure Cork

The 2018 Morlet Family Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Passionnement is an exceptional Cabernet Sauvignon from the North Coast region of California, specifically the Oakville sub-appellation in Napa. Produced by Morlet Family Vineyards, this wine has garnered significant acclaim from several top wine reviewers.

Jeb Dunnuck awarded the wine a perfect score of 100 points, describing it as "pure magic in a glass" and likening it to "some of the older Harlan Estate releases." He praised its "massive yet seamless style" and "monster bouquet" that includes notes of chocolate-covered blackcurrants, lavender, new leather, and flowery incense. Dunnuck emphasized its longevity, stating, "It’s one of those wines that’s going to drink brilliantly for all of its life," and recommended enjoying it over the next 20-30 years (jebdunnuck.com, 1/27/2021).

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate also gave the wine high marks with a score of 97+ points. The review highlighted the wine's deep garnet-purple color and vibrant notes of crushed black and red currants, Morello cherries, and boysenberries. Additional descriptors included "menthol, Indian spices, black truffles, and pencil shavings." The palate is described as "big, concentrated, full-bodied" with "mouth-coating black fruit layers" and a "velvety texture." Only 270 cases were made, adding to its exclusivity (Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, 1/30/2021).

Vinous awarded the wine 96 points, noting its "bold and unctuous" character with "plenty of richness and depth." The review mentioned that the 2018 vintage is "decidedly laid back and less bombastic than some previous editions" but still possesses "tremendous power" with lingering notes of "chocolate, new leather, licorice, and lavender" (Vinous, 1/1/2021).

Wine Spectator gave the wine a score of 93 points, describing it as "ripe and dense" with a "core of plum, cassis and dark cherry reduction flavors." The review noted the wine's "polished structure" and suggested it would be best enjoyed from 2022 through 2032. The production was limited to 300 cases (Wine Spectator, 12/31/2021).

With an alcohol content of 15.5%, this wine is sealed with a cork and is a prime example of the quality and craftsmanship of Morlet Family Vineyards.