I have to give Antonio Galloni at Vinous credit for this find as I was researching the 2019 California vintage and stumbled upon today’s gem.
As an aside, the 2019 vintage may be one of the best in history. Galloni reported that the 2019s “feel like they have a little more energy, power and depth than the 2018s.” and the 2018 vintage got a near-perfect 99 point vintage rating from Wine Spectator. (But more on that over the next few months.)
Towards the end of the coverage, Galloni speaks of a warning he received from Bob when he first took over the beat. It was a little more than ten years ago that Bob Parker asked me to take over coverage of California wines at The Wine Advocate. The first thing Bob told me was that I would find it very hard to keep up with the pace of change.
Galloni then rips off a list of new projects that he calls the highlights of the Napa Valley but if you look closely, there was one that stood out. The very last item on the list was Sinegal Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Details with a note: “This new bottling from Sinegal and winemaker Ryan Knoth shows just how appealing Sonoma Cabernet can be, and it’s a steal.”
Then there is the review he gives (below). It’s a must read. This is a very special Cabernet opportunity!
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96 Points, Antonio Galloni
“The 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon Details is stunning. Vibrant and explosive in the glass, the Details Cabernet shows just how compelling Cabernet can be beyond Napa Valley. Gravel, crushed rocks, menthol, licorice, plum and incense saturate the palate. This inky, structured Cabernet is one of the very finest Cabernets readers will find in its price point, or virtually any price point, for that matter. The 2019 is a blend from sites in Sonoma Valley, Alexander Valley and Knights Valley.”