ROBERT PARKER WINE ADVOCATE -- RATING: 95
"The deep garnet-purple colored 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon is scented of cassis, black plums, mocha and licorice with chargrill and cigar box wafts. The palate is medium to full-bodied, taut, muscular, grainy, and layered."
Drink Date: 2020-2045
"The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon is an estate wine that comes from a 1.06-acre block off Lodi Lane in St. Helena. Aged 22 months in 70% new French oak, it offers a thrilling bouquet of ripe blue fruits, green herbs, graphite, ceder pencil, and an almost tapenade-like character. Beautifully complex, it hits the palate with full-bodied richness, notable freshness and purity, and building tannins, which give the wine a more tight, backward vibe. It's a brilliant wine that needs 4-5 years of bottle age and will cruise for 15-20 years, possibly longer. It's the first time I've tasted a wine from this estate, but I'm certainly impressed.
"The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate is laced with the essence of inky dark fruit, chcoolate, plum, esprssso. licorice, and learher. Powerful, ample, and creamy, the 2016 is an attractive wine from this site in northern St. Helena. But it is also very safe and not especially interesting. I have to think a little more character and nuance can be coaxed out of this vineyard.
Drink Date; 2019-2026
ANTONIO GALLONI - RATING 92
“This is the first wine I have tasted from Sang-Froid Vineyards. The site, formerly the James Johnson Vineyard, is located just off Lodi Lane in Northern St. Helena and was planted in 1989 with Grace Clone Cabernet. The 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon is plush, ripe and voluptuous, as wines from this sector of St. Helena tend to be. Super ripe dark cherry, blueberry jam, cloves, spice and mocha infuse this creamy, voluptuous wine. Full-bodied and voluptuous, with tremendous fruit intensity and tons of near medium-term appeal, the 2015 has much to offer. I can’t wait to see where this goes in coming years. Winemaker Keith Emerson did a terrific job with the 2015
Drinking Window: 2018-2025
Scale Definition - 90-95 Outstanding. A wine of remarkable personality and breed that is well worth seeking out.