2020 Cathiard Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Napa

Cabernet Sauvignon - 750ML
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REVIEWS

DC 97 JS 97 WE 97 JA 96 WA 94 WS 92
DC 97

Decanter, February 2023

A very lovely and fresh, bright expression of 100% Napa Cabernet with nicely delineated dark fruit, liquorice, and tobacco notes. A wonderfully textured, medium-to-full-bodied wine with tremendous concentration on the...
JS 97

jamessuckling.com, February 2023

Wonderful aromas of blackcurrants, dark plums, mint, sage, and dried wood. Some sandalwood. Full- to medium-bodied with tannins that have the texture of fine velvet and run down the length of the wine. Extremely polished...
WE 97

Wine Enthusiast,

Extraordinary and opulent, this densely concentrated, luxuriously textured flagship Napa wine by Florence and Daniel Cathiard of Bordeaux is their first vintage from the former Flora Springs property. The wine is softly...
JA 96

janeanson.com, November 2022

This is a great wine to come out of the gate with for the Cathiard's new property, gorgeously balanced, expands through the mid-palate, delivers dark chocolate, charcoal, blackcurrant, damson, spiced greengage plum and...
WA 94

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, May 2023

There are 9,000 bottles of the flagship 2020 Cathiard Vineyard Proprietary Red, a sturdy blend of 95% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Cabernet Franc. Marked by scents of black cherries, cassis and cedar, this debut is medium to...
WS 92

Wine Spectator, November 2023

Forward, with a gush of dark cherry and plum fruit wrapped in black licorice. Shows brambly grip but stays fleshy and open-knit overall, with a not-shy dose of dark toast on the finish. Drink now through 2033. - JM

WINE DETAILS

Color & Type Red
Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon
Country USA
Region California
Sub-region North Coast
Appellation Napa
Vintage 2020
Size 750ML
Percent alcohol 14.1%
Closure Cork

The 2020 Cathiard Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley is a red wine made primarily from Cabernet Sauvignon grapes, with a small percentage of Cabernet Franc. It is produced by Cathiard Vineyard, a property owned by Florence and Daniel Cathiard, who also own Smith Haut Lafitte in Bordeaux. This is their first vintage from the former Flora Springs property, and it has received high praise from various reviewers.

Jane Anson from janeanson.com scored the wine 96 points, highlighting its balance and complexity. She described it as "gorgeously balanced" with flavors of "dark chocolate, charcoal, blackcurrant, damson, spiced greengage plum, and pomegranate fruits with floral undertones." Anson noted the wine's freshness and mouthwatering acidity, which she attributed to the blend of grapes and the vineyard's yield of 30hl/h.

Decanter awarded the wine 97 points, praising its "lovely and fresh, bright expression of 100% Napa Cabernet." The review emphasized the wine's "nicely delineated dark fruit, liquorice, and tobacco notes," as well as its "tremendous concentration on the palate and very fine-grained tannins." The grapes for this wine were sourced from the highest block of the estate, with the oldest vines being 46 years old. Decanter also mentioned that the grapes picked after the Glass Fire on September 26, 2020, were not used in the production.

James Suckling also gave the wine a score of 97, noting its "wonderful aromas of blackcurrants, dark plums, mint, sage, and dried wood." He described the tannins as having "the texture of fine velvet" and called the wine "extremely polished and refined."

Wine Enthusiast echoed the high praise with another 97-point score, calling the wine "extraordinary and opulent" and describing it as "densely concentrated, luxuriously textured." The review mentioned flavors of "black currants, blueberries, spearmint, and black olives," and suggested that the wine is best enjoyed between 2027 and 2037.

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate provided a slightly lower score of 94 points, noting the wine's "scents of black cherries, cassis, and cedar." The review mentioned that the wine is "a bit astringent and drying" and will benefit from more time to come together.

Wine Spectator gave the wine 92 points, describing it as "forward, with a gush of dark cherry and plum fruit wrapped in black licorice." The review also noted the wine's "brambly grip" and "dark toast on the finish," recommending it for drinking now through 2033.

Overall, the 2020 Cathiard Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon has been highly praised for its balance, complexity, and potential for aging, making it a noteworthy debut for the Cathiard's Napa Valley venture.