2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Etched 3L
The 2017 vintage offered a wonderfully warm and early growing season and the Malk Family Cabernet Sauvignon is a reflection of that. We can see what are now the beautiful aromatic expressions of the vineyard: the forward, dark fruit of blackberry, ripe current, cedar spice, and chocolate. The mouthfeel is perfectly balanced from entry to finish, exhibiting the true elegance of the wine. The tannins are soft and supple and provide a beautiful framework for the entire wine. The 2017 is simply a more concentrated version of these fantastic attributes. This wine is in excellent condition and is very approachable in its youth, but it will confidently age in the cellar.
• Jeb Dannuck, 90 points
As to the red, the 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon has a darker, chocolate, roasted herb, and graphite-driven bouquet. This gives way to a sweetly fruited, sexy, pleasure bent effort that has soft tannins, medium to full body, outstanding balance, and a great finish. It offers plenty of pleasure and, despite its upfront appeal, I suspect will keep for over a decade.
• Antonio Galloni, 93 points
The 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon is a rich, sumptuous wine loaded with Stags Leap character. Inky red and purplish fruit, wild flowers, lavender, mint and cinnamon all race out of the glass. Rich and fleshy with terrific resonance as well as persistence, the 2017 is very nicely done. This is an especially exuberant style for Malk, where the wines have usually been a bit more laid-back, but it works. I would give the 2017 a few years in bottle to shed some baby fat.