Holiday Gift Guide 2020: Reserve Selections

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The reserve selections in our holiday gift guide are the best of the best. These critically-acclaimed wines from top producers make incredible gifts for the wine drinker on your list. Serve them for a special occasion, or store them in your collection.

Looking for more bottle suggestions? Go back to the 2020 Premier Holiday Catalog

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  2. Cade Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain

    2017 / 750 ml. | Item#52111

    JD9696 pts. - Jeb Dunnuck - January 31, 2020
    Coming from estate fruit on Howell Mountain and made from 88% Cabernet Sauvignon and 4% each of Malbec, Petit Verdot, and Merlot, the 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate offers a darker, more mineral-driven style compared to the Napa release. It has beautiful blackcurrant, cassis, forest floor, graphite, and tobacco leaf-like aromas and flavors. Deep, full-bodied, beautifully polished and elegant, it’s another remarkable effort from this team. As Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon goes, it’s a brilliant value!
    RP9494 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 31st Oct 2019
    The 2017 Cade Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, blended with 4% Malbec, 4% Petit Verdot and 4% Merlot, is deep garnet-purple colored and a little closed, slowly giving up warm cassis, blackberry tart and mulberries with touches of spice box, pencil shavings and Marmite toast. The full-bodied palate is firm, grainy and muscular with an earthy expression and just enough freshness, finishing on a lingering mineral note.
    VN9292 pts. - Vinous - Jan 2020
    The 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate is a dense, chewy Howell Mountain wine. A blast of black cherry, plum, licorice, smoke, leather, bittersweet chocolate, spice and tobacco hit the palate. The 2017 is bold and immediate in feel, but it also has plenty of structure. I would give it a few years to soften but this is a potent, brooding wine with a bright future.
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    Primary Grape: Cabernet Sauvignon | All Grapes: 87% Cabernet Sauvignon

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  3. Shafer One Point Five

    2017 / 750 ml. | Item#52263

    JS9595 pts. - JamesSuckling.com - Friday, February 14, 2020
    Fresh cassis and blueberries with crushed violets and stones, too. This is fresh and complex. The palate carries a smooth, supple and tautly refined brand of tannin and a succulently fresh core of blue plums and blueberries. Drink or hold.
    WE9494 pts. - Wine Enthusiast - 9/1/2020
    The name signifying a generation and a half of Shafers (Doug and his late father, John), this is a powerfully built, robust and rounded wine. Sage and violet aromas lead to a strong, sturdy core of tannin, oak and muscle, developed with sweet tobacco, cassis and cola.
    JD9393 pts. - Jeb Dunnuck - January 31, 2020
    Cut from the same cloth, yet with a touch of rusticity in its tannins, the 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon One Point Five offers a full-bodied, rounded, structured style as well as loads of sweet red and black fruits, toasted spice, and herbed de Provence like notes. It’s a powerful, concentrated wine, has loads of fruit, and is going to benefit from 3–4 years of bottle age.
    RP9191 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 31st Oct 2019
    Made up of 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Petit Verdot, 3% Malbec and 2% Merlot, the 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon One Point Five is deep garnet-purple colored with pronounced crème de cassis, blackberry pie and black forest cake notes with waft of bay leaves, cigar box, tar and smoked meats. The palate is full-bodied, firm and chewy with a taut, muscular mid-palate and an herb-lifted finish.
    VN9191 pts. - Vinous - Jan 2020
    The 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon One Point Five is dense, plush and creamy. Super-ripe dark cherry, cloves, menthol, licorice and earthy notes give the 2017 a distinctly dark, exotic feel. Plush and generous on the palate with sweet, silky tannins, the 2017 is a big wine that will drink well right out of the gate. I wouldn’t push my luck on aging here, though.
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    Primary Grape: Cabernet Sauvignon | All Grapes: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon

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  4. Freemark Abbey Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon

    2016 / 750 ml. | Item#52394

    VN9393 pts. - Vinous - Jan 2020
    The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon (Rutherford) is powerful, dense and savory, not to mention incredibly expressive. Sweet tobacco, grilled herbs, leather, licorice, chocolate and dried flowers develop in this characterful Cabernet; there is plenty of Rutherford dirt personality as well. This is very nicely done.
    RP9292 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 30th Sep 2019
    Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Rutherford rolls from the glass with warm blackberries, black cherry compote and red and black currants at the core with touches of cardamom, lavender, dusty earth and wild thyme. Medium to full-bodied, the palate has plenty of bright, lively fruit and ripe, finely grained tannins, delivering a well-poised, delicately earthy finish.
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    Primary Grape: Cabernet Sauvignon | All Grapes: 78.8% Cabernet Sauvignon

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