2021 Cathiard Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Napa

Cabernet Sauvignon - 750ML
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JS 99 TWI 99 DC 97 JD 97 VN 96
JS 99

jamessuckling.com, February 2024

Aromas of blackcurrants, pine needles, cedar, tree bark and fresh dark mushrooms. Some stone and black fruit, too. A very fine-grained wine, complex and refined with energy and focus. It’s elegant with a lasting finish...
TWI 99

The Wine Independent, May 2024

The single-varietal 2021 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate, from a section of the vineyard at 1,200 feet elevation and the oldest vines, is deep garnet-purple in color. It needs plenty of swirling to unlock slowly unfurling...
DC 97

Decanter, February 2024

Fragranced and floral on the nose with clear toast, liquorice, cedar and blueberries. Dense yet agile, this has weight and an instant texture in the mouth - like crushed velvet, massy and full but chalky and softly chewy...
JD 97

jebdunnuck.com, May 2024

(JD 95-97+ points) Lastly, the flagship is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon from the estate on the western side of the Valley. A darker, more structured wine, it has beautiful purity in its ripe black fruits, roasted herbs...
VN 96

Vinous, December 2023

(93-96+ points) The 2021 Cabernet Sauvignon, the estate's top wine, is dark and mysterious to the core. Black cherry, mocha, plum, new leather, incense and dried herbs all build in grand style, supported by beams of...


Color & Type Red
Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon
Country USA
Region California
Sub-region North Coast
Appellation Napa
Vintage 2021
Size 750ML
Percent alcohol 14.4%
Closure Cork

The 2021 Cathiard Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley is a highly celebrated wine, earning top marks from numerous respected reviewers. This single-varietal Cabernet Sauvignon, produced in the North Coast region of California, showcases the quality and expertise of Cathiard Vineyard.

The Wine Independent awarded the wine a near-perfect score of 99, describing it as "deep garnet-purple in color" with a bouquet that requires "plenty of swirling to unlock slowly unfurling scents of blackcurrant jelly, ripe plums, and black cherries." The reviewer highlighted additional notes of "tar, licorice, black truffle, and lilacs plus fragrant suggestions of fertile loam and iris bulb," and praised its "beautifully ripe grainy tannins and seamless freshness." They concluded that it is a "breathtaking expression of the vintage and this beautiful little corner of Napa Valley."

James Suckling also gave the wine a stellar 99 points, noting its "aromas of blackcurrants, pine needles, cedar, tree bark and fresh dark mushrooms," with "stone and black fruit." He described it as "a very fine-grained wine, complex and refined with energy and focus," and noted its "elegant with a lasting finish." Suckling mentioned hints of "nutmeg and other spices at the end, with a touch of incense and sandalwood," and suggested that the wine will reach its peak after 2028.

Decanter rated the wine at 97 points, highlighting its "fragranced and floral" nose with "clear toast, liquorice, cedar and blueberries." The palate is described as "dense yet agile," with a texture "like crushed velvet" and a "clean aspect with a really mineral, graphite aspect to the finish." Decanter praised its "polished and utterly elegant" nature, suggesting it will be "sublime in time," and recommended drinking it between 2027 and 2040.

Vinous, through Antonio Galloni, provided a score range of 93-96+ points, describing the wine as "dark and mysterious to the core." Galloni noted flavors of "black cherry, mocha, plum, new leather, incense and dried herbs," supported by "beams of tannin that give the wine energy and shape."

Jeb Dunnuck also scored the wine highly, with 95-97+ points, describing it as a "darker, more structured wine" with "beautiful purity in its ripe black fruits, roasted herbs, tobacco, and chocolaty aromas and flavors." Dunnuck mentioned its "full-bodied, concentrated, and incredibly structured" palate, suggesting it will require "at least 7-8 years of bottle age to show its full potential."

In summary, the 2021 Cathiard Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon is a highly praised wine, known for its complex aromas, refined palate, and impressive aging potential.