Zeitgeist 2017 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

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The Zeitgeist Cabernet blend once again captures the warm climate and alluvial soils found in St. Helena and the well drained, gravelly clay soils of the Sleeping Lady Vineyard in Yountville. And for the second year running we included Cabernet from the famed Oakville appellation. We love how the Oakville Station vineyard brings purity and classic cabernet flavor depth to the blend. Oakville Station is surrounded on three sides by the famed Tokalon Vineyard and bordered on its fourth side by Martha's Vineyard. Look for this vineyard as its own bottling soon!

Although the growing season was cooler than average, heat spells in September gave the fruit its last push towards perfection. The 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley is pure and edgy. It is a complex and dark-fruited wine with notes of baking spices and nuances of clean forest floor on the nose. The middle of the wine is bold and filled with flavors of plum, mocha and dark cherries. Fine tannins elongate the wine's protracted finish.

We chose to bottle only wines harvested before the historic California wildfires of October, 2017; therefore none of our wines were exposed to smoke.

  • Production: 275 Cases
  • Alcohol: 15.3%
  • Appellation: Napa Valley
  • Vineyards: Sleeping Lady, Oakville Station, Lewelling
  • Composition: 92% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Cabernet Franc

Jeb Dunnuck: 95 Points

Starting with the 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon (92% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Cabernet Franc), it has a vibrant purple color as well as a great nose of red, blue, and black fruits intermixed with lots of spice, spring flowers, chocolate, and forest floor. It’s not a blockbuster, but it’s just seamless, gorgeously textured, and a stunning value. 

James Suckling: 93 Points

Attractive, ripe blackberries and cassis here in a vibrant, fresh mode. The palate has a very succulent feel with such fleshy, rich blueberries and blackberries, cast in long, silky tannins. Impressive young cabernet. Drink or hold.

Wine Advocate: 92-94 Points

A barrel sample blended of 96% Cabernet Sauvignon and 4% Cabernet Franc, the 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon is deep garnet-purple in color and very perfumed with blackberries, cassis and fragrant soil with wafts of lavender and roses. The palate is full, firm and grainy with great freshness and loads of red and black fruit layers on the finish.