Whitehall Lane 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon MM
2017 Whitehall Lane Cabernet Sauvignon Millennium MM Vineyard Rutherford, Napa Valley
San Francisco Wine Panel Score 96+ Points
Forthcoming and notably rich, the aromas of this beautifully generous Cab center on dark boysenberry, black cherry jam, mulberry, blueberry and black currant preserves married to scents of bitter chocolate, toffee, dark pipe tobacco, clove, cedar and a hint of mace. It is ripe, weighty and very rich on the palate, where flavors of Italian Marsaschino cherry, fresh black cherry, boysenberry, blackberry, blueberry and black currant dominate and linger impressively. The finish is juicy enough to cover several years of submerged tannins although the wine is already a rewarding dinner companion.
Nicely steeped plum and blackberry fruit takes the upper hand while light alder, sweet tobacco and loam notes fill in the background. Fresh acidity is well-buried, giving it good drive and focus through the finish, where there's a late kick of fruit. Best from 2022 through 2032. 326 cases made. Feb 28, 2021 JM