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Aquilini Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

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  • JD92
750ML / 15.56% ABV
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Winemaker Notes

Designed with the capacity to age, this Cabernet Sauvignon offers impressively big, ripe tannins and a deep core of intense, dark fruit interwoven with iron, bay leaf and crushed rock. The palate is opulent and concentrated, revealing seamless integration of ripe fruit, dried herb and sweet oak spice. The winemaker’s goal is to gently extract character and expression from the vineyards; to capture the best of what their land has to offer. The 2017 vintage delivered the power, concentration, complexity, and nobility we expect from Cabernet Sauvignon.

Critical Acclaim

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RP 97
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Tasted as a barrel sample, the 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Red Mountain is immediately impressive and displays a beautiful dark purple color and a good core of fruit with a lovely density and rocky, dusty expression under the fleshy and robust fruit. Blueberry, black cherry and blackberry all waft from the glass with notes of currant and créme de cassis. Full-bodied, the palate is rich and sturdy with a lovely bold expression that balances the oak spices and compact tannins that will settle with time. The finish is bright, bountiful and focused, with a long, mineral expression of crushed rock and black cherry. YUM!
Barrel Sample: 95-97
WW 95
Wilfred Wong of
COMMENTARY: The 2017 Aquilini Cabernet Sauvignon brings Washington's Red Mountain AVA to life and in real-time. This gorgeous wine is long and focused. TASTING NOTES: This Cabernet Sauvignon shows up with substantial and powerful aromas and flavors of black fruit, licorice, and oak. Enjoy its formidable palate rewards with a well-seasoned, oven-baked Porchetta. (Tasted: July 27, 2021, San Francisco, CA)
JD 92
Jeb Dunnuck
Inky colored, the 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Red Mountain comes from the two separate vineyards on Red Mountain and spent 31 months in new barrels. Pure crème de cassis, crushed rock, graphite, lead pencil and dark chocolate notes all emerge from the glass, and it has a stacked mid-palate, wonderful purity of fruit, and a serious, mineral-drenched finish. It's more approachable than the Halo release yet is still brutally tannic. I think it will get there, but it's not for the faint of heart nor the impatient.
Rating: 92+
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Aquilini is the name of the family, the company, and represents their best foot forward. It’s the epitome of Red Mountain, bold, tannic, full-bodied and meant to just be the beginning of many more vintages and continued critical acclaim. 

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Red Mountain Wine

Yakima Valley, Washington

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A coveted source of top quality red grapes among premier Washington producers, the Red Mountain AVA is actually the smallest appellation in the state. As its name might suggest, it is actually neither a mountain nor is it composed of red earth. Instead the appellation is an anticline of the Yakima fold belt, a series of geologic folds that define a number of viticultural regions in the surrounding area. It is on the eastern edge of Yakima Valley with slopes facing southwest towards the Yakima River, ideal for the ripening of grapes. The area’s springtime proliferation of cheatgrass, which has a reddish color, actually gives the area the name, "Red" Mountain.

Red Mountain produces some of the most mineral-driven, tannic and age-worthy red wines of Washington and there are a few reasons for this. It is just about the hottest appellation with normal growing season temperatures commonly reaching above 90F. The soil is particularly poor in nutrients and has a high pH, which results in significantly smaller berry sizes compared to varietal norms. The low juice to skin ratio in smaller berries combined with the strong, dry summer winds, leads to higher tannin levels in Red Mountain grapes.

The most common red grape varieties here are Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Syrah, among others. Limited white varieties are grown, namely Sauvignon blanc.

The reds of the area tend to express dark black and blue fruit, deep concentration, complex textures, high levels of tannins and as previously noted, have good aging capabilities.

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A noble variety bestowed with both power and concentration, Cabernet Sauvignon enjoys success all over the globe, its best examples showing potential to age beautifully for decades. Cabernet Sauvignon flourishes in Bordeaux's Medoc where it is often blended with Merlot and smaller amounts of some combination of Cabernet Franc, Malbecand Petit Verdot. In the Napa Valley, ‘Cab’ is responsible for some of the world’s most prestigious, age-worthy and sought-after “cult” wines. Somm Secret—DNA profiling in 1997 revealed that Cabernet Sauvignon was born from a spontaneous crossing of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc in 17th century southwest France.

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