To Kalon Vineyard Co. Highest Beauty Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon 2019 (750ML)
Critic Scores, Reviews & Descriptions
98 JS / 97 WS
Highest Beauty’s winemaker, Andy Erickson had the enormous task of following in the footsteps of Heidi Peterson Barrett at Screaming Eagle in 2006. Erickson started his winemaking career at Harlan Estate and was then named winemaker at Staglin in 2001 before founding his own winery, Favia, in 2003 with his viticulturist wife, Annie Favia. Besides his career at Screaming Eagle and Favia, he has been consulting winemaker for Hartwell, Ovid, Dancing Hares, Dalla Valle and Arietta in Napa and Jonata in the Santa Ynez Valley. Andy and Annie have most recently establish their own winery, Leviathon.
Black olives, blackberries and blackcurrants, as well as asphalt, lead pencil, crushed stone and oyster shell. Full-bodied with chewy and juicy tannins that are spread across the palate. Fuller and more flavorful than the 2018. Plush and dry, velvety texture. This needs at least five years to open. Try after 2027. —James Suckling
Boasting tiers of cassis, plum, mulberry and black cherry fruit stacked on one another, this towering example relies on purity and focus as much as power, thanks to racy yet deeply embedded acidity as well as enticing violet and iron notes that fill in throughout. Rather than just lingering, the fruit ripples with underlying energy on the lengthy finish. Outright gorgeous. Best from 2024 through 2040. 550 cases made.-James Molesworth, Wine