Stature Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon 2015
This is an elegant and plush Stature Cabernet Sauvignon with firm, velvety tannins and an overall perfect balance. The 2015 Cabernet fruit from Alexander Valley and Knights Valley was so spectacular that Randy has decided to showcase it in this vintage of Stature.
94 points, Jeb Dunnuck, jeb.dunnuck.com, Jun 2018
A barrel selection from two sites in Sonoma, aged in 60-75% new French oak, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Stature is a brilliant 100% Cabernet Sauvignon release. Crème de cassis, lead pencil, crushed violets, and graphite notes all emerge from this full-bodied, deep, seamless effort that has awesome depth of fruit as well as an undeniable elegance.
93 points, Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Robert Parker Wine Advocate, Dec 2017
Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2015 Stature Cabernet Sauvignon delivers intense crème de cassis, baked plums and chocolate box notes with hints of licorice, cedar and bay leaves plus a touch of roses. Medium-bodied, firm and tightly wound, it has a great core of mid-palate fruit with a nice long, perfumed finish.
Cold-soaked for 4 days and fermented for 16 days translates to concentrated flavor and color, added layers of complexity, and lush, voluptuous tannin development. After gentle pressing, the wine was racked directly into small French oak barrels (58% new) and aged for 19 months in thin-staved, heavily-toasted Chateau-style barrels adding rich, balanced oak accents, a rounded texture and a serious, lingering, integrated finish.
Much of Sonoma County’s reputation for outstanding Bordeaux-style varietals can be attributed to the stellar combination of rich complex fruit and tannins. The intense dark full berry tones and concentrated tannins of the Cabernet Sauvignon are coming from the mountains, hillsides and ridges of Alexander Valley and Knights Valley. The area is comprised of volcanic and rocky soil, being brick red in Alexander Valley and beige in Knights Valley along the slopes of Mount Saint Helena.