Jeb Dunnuck April 2020

Jeb Dunnuck April 2020 cover 2017 Barnett Vineyards Rattlesnake Cabernet Sauvignon | 94 points

Easily the standout in the lineup, the 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Rattlesnake is all Cabernet Sauvignon from the estate on Spring Mountain. It has a wonderful bouquet of crème de cassis, spring flowers, lead pencil, and damp earth. This gives way to a full-bodied Cabernet Sauvignon that has a terrific sense of purity, nicely integrated acidity, fine tannins, and beautiful balance. It will benefit from 3-5 years of bottle age (it's far from unapproachable today) and keep for 15-20 years.

 

2017 Barnett Vineyards MMV Cabernet Sauvignon | 92 points

A blend of both mountain and valley floor Cabernet Sauvignon (Mountain Meets Valley, MMV), the 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon MMV has a ripe, expressive bouquet of plums, candied violets, sappy herbs, and incense. It's another ripe, nicely textured, concentrated, 2017 that has plenty of mid-palate depth, more flesh and baby fat than most in the lineup, and a great finish. Drink it over the coming 10-15 years or more.

 

2017 Barnett Vineyards Spring Mountain District Merlot | 91 points

The 2017 Merlot is a solid effort, offering pretty notes of black cherries, black tea, leafy herbs, and chocolate. Medium-bodied, with nicely integrated acidity and light tannins, it's well-made, balanced, and already delicious. Drink it over the coming decade.

 

2017 Barnett Vineyards Chardonnay Sangiacomo Vineyard | 90 points

Spiced melon, white flowers, crème, and hints of spice emerge from the 2018 Chardonnay Sangiacomo Vineyard, and this nicely balanced, medium-bodied Chardonnay does everything right. Drink it over the coming 4-5 years or so.