Wine Advocate #222

Wine Advocate #222 cover 2013 Barnett Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Rattlesnake/98+ points

The opaque blue/purple color jumps from the glass of the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Rattlesnake, a 100% Cabernet Sauvignon aged in 90% new French oak. A nose of white flowers, blueberries, blackberries, cassis should make this one of the most profound Rattlesnake Cabernet Sauvignons made yet at Barnett Vineyards. Gorgeous purity, fabulous balance, a full-bodied mouthfeel and multi-dimensional texture result in a compelling Cabernet Sauvignon to drink over the next 25 years.

2013 Barnett Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Cyrus Ryan/94 points

The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Cyrus Ryan comes from a valley floor vineyard just north of St. Helena. This wine aged in 90% new oak for 20 months prior to bottling. Beautiful blueberry and blackberry fruit, licorice, chocolate and spice are all present in this wine made from fairly low yields, but is a classic valley Cabernet Sauvignon with sweet tannin, a full-bodied mouthfeel, and impressive purity and potential. Accessible now, this should evolve for another two decades.

2013 Barnett Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Spring Mountain District/94 points

The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, a blend of 88% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Petit Verdot and 3% Cabernet Franc aged in 70% in new French oak, is impressive. Pure black raspberry and blackcurrant fruit are present in this full-bodied, opulent, but nicely delineated and vibrant wine. The wine has a lot of sappy energy, wonderful freshness and a full-bodied mouthfeel with a long finish. It’s accessible now, but promises to be better in 5-7 years and evolve for 25.

2013 Barnett Vineyards Merlot Spring Mountain/92 points

Lastly, the 2013 Merlot is a beauty. Rich, concentrated, fleshy and fat, this wine from their own vineyard displays plenty of berry fruit, judicious use of toasty oak and a long finish. This is sexy, plump and succulent. Drink it over the next decade or more.

2013 Barnett Vineyards Cabernet Franc Spring Mountain/91 points

The 2013 Cabernet Franc, blended with 6% Merlot, spent 22 months in nearly 70% new French oak. The wine shows nice, foresty notes intermixed with spring flowers, blueberry and raspberry. It’s medium-bodied, has more intensity than weight and caresses the palate with sweet tannin and loads if fruit. This is a potentially complex, delicious wine to drink over the next decade or more.

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