Wine Advocate April 2019

2016 Barnett Vineyards Rattlesnake Cabernet Sauvignon / 92+ points

Deep garnet-purple, the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Rattlesnake gives up notes of baked blackberries, crème de cassis and blueberry pie with hints of Marmite toast, chocolate box, menthol and cigar box. Full-bodied, the richly fruited palate delivers mouth-filling black berry preserves and savory layers with a compelling backbone of freshness and velvety tannins, finishing on a lingering minty note.

Vinous Media December 2018

2016 Barnett Vineyards MMV Cabernet Sauvignon | 94+ points

A new wine in this range, 2016 MMV - Mountain Meets Valley is powerful, vibrant and explosive, with beams of tannin that give the wine its energy and overall sense of direction. An infusion of crushed rocks, graphite, smoke, lavender, menthol and crème de cassis runs through this beautifully delineated, vivid Cabernet Sauvignon. Fruit sources are 59% York Creek Vineyard (Spring Mountain District) and 41% Cyrus Ryan Vineyard (Calistoga).


2016 Barnett Vineyards Spring Mountain District Merlot | 92 points

A wine of real distinction, the 2016 Merlot is perfumed, savory and super-expressive. Mint, lavender, blueberry fruit, licorice and floral notes are all nicely woven together in this very pretty, gracious Merlot. Medium in body, fragrant and light on its feet, the 2016 has so much to offer. All the elements simply fall into place in a wine that conveys plenty of mountain character.


2016 Barnett Vineyards Spring Mountain District Cabernet Sauvignon | 92 points

The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon (Spring Mountain District) packs quite a bit of punch, yet is also incredibly polished and sophisticated. Soft curves and silky tannins push forward a gorgeous core of dark red and purplish berry fruit, with pretty floral and spice overtones that develop over time. Open-knit and racy in the glass, the 2016 will drink well with minimal cellaring. This is an especially accessible young Spring Mountain Cabernet.






Wine Spectator

2015 Spring Mountain District Merlot | 90 points

A taut style, featuring refined red fruit flavors built on a firm structure. The juicy finish shows engaging minerality and spiciness, with savory notes. Drink now through 2022. 975 cases made. 

Vinous Media March 2018

2015 Barnett Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Rattlesnake Hill Estate / 93 points

One of the most distinctive wines in this range, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Rattlesnake is bold, sumptuous and super-expressive. Black cherry, plum, smoke, licorice and gravel notes infuse a dark, brooding Cabernet loaded with character. Ample and explosive on the palate, the 2015 packs a real punch in its size and overall intensity. Reviewer: Antonio Galloni.


2015 Barnett Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Old Vines Estate / 91 points

The 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Old Estate Vines is creamy and voluptuous, with all the richness of the vintage very nicely balanced throughout. Plum notes, cedar, sweet tobacco and mint add aromatic nuance to a core of succulent red cherry and plum fruit. Reviewer: Antonio Galloni.



Karen MacNeil / WineSpeed

Cabernet Sauvignon Spring Mountain District Rattlesnake 2015 | 95 points

Hemingway would have liked this wine -- a wine stripped bare to its muscle. It’s made at the 2000-foot top of Spring Mountain on a 35 degree slope of solid rock that had to be jack hammered into (a bit of) submission. “Masculine” only begins to describe it. And yet for all the magnificent structure here, there’s also a hint of juiciness and minerality which will emerge more fully as the wine ages.

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