Jackson Estate Trace Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon 2015
Deep, rich, chunky, full-bodied and voluptuous. The Trace Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon features loads of black fruit, licorice, espresso roast, slight cigar box and a lingering hint of chocolate. On Trace Ridge, we grow Cabernet Sauvignon in and above the morning fog line where ultimately the warm sunshine creates small grape clusters with intense flavors.
94 points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous, Apr 2018
The 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Trace Ridge is one of the very best wines I have tasted from Kendall-Jackson of late. Powerful and structured, with a super-classic expression of fruit, acid and tannin, the 2015 is flat-out beautiful. Blueberry, gravel, menthol, game and licorice all run through this deeply expressive Cabernet. The 2015 has tons of Knights Valley character, and yet winemaker Kristy Melton has managed to reign in the tannins. What a gorgeous wine this is.
93 points, Jen Dunnock, jebdunnuck.com, Jun 2018
I also loved the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Jackson Estate Trace Ridge, 100% Cabernet Sauvignon from Knights Valley that spent 21 months in 51% new French oak. Black cherries, blueberries, dried herbs, graphite, and loads of gravelly, earthy characteristics flow to a medium to full-bodied, impeccably balanced, elegant 2015 Cabernet that has rocking levels of fruit. Drink it over the coming 10-15 years.
91 points, Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Robert Parker Wine Advocate, Dec 2017
Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Jackson Estate Trace Ridge delivers evocative black soil, truffles, sautéed herbs and smoked meats notes with a core of cassis, red currants and plums. Medium-bodied, finely textured and with a good core of red and black fruits, it finishes long and understated.
Aged 21 months in 51% new French Oak.
The ancient volcano, Mount St. Helena, towers over Sonoma County. On the western slope of the mountain, about 1,000 feet up in elevation, you’ll reach our Trace Ridge vineyard. On Trace Ridge, we grow Cabernet Sauvignon in and above the morning fog line where ultimately the warm sunshine creates small grape clusters with intense flavors. This estate overlooks the original Trace, or Settler’s path, linking Sonoma County to Lake County
Elevation: 450-1,000 feet
Soil: Beige volcanic rock, volcanic loam, fractured rock and thin topsoil.
Climate: Mediterranean warm. Some fog wafts up to the area from Chalk Hill, Alexander Valley and Calistoga.