Overview of the Wine
Cervantes Family Vineyards is a 1,100 Acre Ranch in the far eastern reaches of Napa Valley last frontier, marks the highest profile project where winemaker Andy Erickson (Favia, Dalla Valle, Mayacamas, Arietta, and formerly of Screaming Eagle, Harlan and Staglin) and Xavier Cervantes Family are growing a text book Napa Valley hill side wines. Where wild deer and bears still roam, giving the feeling of an uncharted feral frontier to these elegant and polish wines.
Cervantes' estate, which he calls Hine Ranch, marks the highest-profile project yet to bottle an estate Pope Valley wine made at a Pope Valley winery. Xavier hired winemaker Andy Erickson (Favia, Dalla Valle, Mayacamas, Arietta, and formerly of Screaming Eagle and Staglin) to join him on his spirited adventure and famed architect Howard Backen (Harlan, Kenzo, Futo) to build the winery and equestrian center on the property; all sharing the bold, singular dream to realize the full possibility of the unsung terroir of Pope Valley and finally giving justice to one of Napa's great landscapes.
Grape / Blend
Oakville, Napa Valley, California
The Cervantes Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is absolutely sensational and one of the most impressive wines from this entire vintage. This instantly begins to impress as it releases its seductive aromatics of ripe blackberries, black currants and blueberries which are woven together with graphite, violets, mint and exotic spices all bursting from the glass. This continues to impress on the palate with its gorgeous full-bodied texture, plush velvety tannins and outstanding overall balance and concentration. This is impeccably structured, however there is a wonderful seamless quality as this transitions effortlessly into the long voluptuous finish. This is showing exceptionally well at this early stage and it is nothing short of an absolutely stunning wine from the Cervantes Family and Andy Erickson.
95 Points - James Suckling (2017 Vintage)
A tight cabernet with a core of attractive blackberries and blackcurrants, as well as undertones of mint and sage. Tar, too. Full body and polished, integrated tannins. Flavorful finish. Serious wine.
94 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (2017 Vintage)
Composed of 87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Petit Verdot and 3% Malbec, the 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon MMXVII is deep garnet-purple in color. It charges out of the gate with bold black and red cherries notes, followed by a core of mulberries and cassis with hints of Indian spices and roses. The full-bodied palate is concentrated and full-on seductive, featuring mouth-coating black fruit layers offset by great freshness and seductively plush tannins, finishing long and spicy.
Product size: 750ml