The 2021 Cabernet Sauvignon Calarcadia Vineyard is straight-up pure perfection in Cabernet Sauvignon, and I certainly couldn't find anything it could do better. Incredible aromatics of black and blue fruits, smoked tobacco, dark chocolate, and hints of iron and minerality all define the aromatics, and it hits the palate with a full-bodied, broad, expansive, multi-dimensional mouthfeel that is something to behold. Slightly more open and sexy compared to the more tannic and inward Heritage Ridge, this beauty has flawless overall balance, fine tannins, and a mammoth-sized finish. It reminds me of the 2009 Château Latour with its regal yet ripe, opulent, structured profile. It will blow you away even today, but give bottles just 4-5 years if you can. I suspect this will evolve for 30-40 years if well stored.
The 2021 Calarcadia Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon is deep garnet-purple in color. Broody notions of tar and damp soil soon open out to a core of creme de cassis blackberry preserves and star anise plus a waft of rose oil. The full-bodied palate delivers gorgeous freshness and firm grainy tannins to support the vibrant black berry layers finishing on a lingering floral note.
The 2021 Cabernet Sauvignon Calarcadia Vineyard is deep and pliant with gorgeous mid-palate sweetness and fine balance in its inky blue/purplish fruit mocha chocolate and spice core. The 2021 is pliant and resonant but also light on its feet for a mountain wine. I can't wait to see how it ages. Black cherry plum graphite and incense build into the huge resonant finish. The 2021 is beautiful and full of potential. - By Antonio Galloni on December 2023 This is a fine set of new and upcoming releases from The Vineyardist. The 2021s seem to point to a more refined style than in the past. It?s hard to say if that is the vintage conscious choice or maybe a bit of both. Bottling earlier certainly seems to have helped preserve freshness. I expect the 2021s will blossom with a few years in bottle. Readers should note that the Lava Terrace was not bottled in 2021. I also found quite a bit to like in the embryonic 2022s. The 2021 Cabernet Sauvignon Calarcadia Vineyard is dense powerful and explosive. A wine of vertical intensity the 2021 is endowed with impressive vertical structure and tons of depth. Black cherry mocha lavender licorice spice and menthol build into the huge palate-staining finish. Calarcadia is usually a bit more showy in its youth; this is a vintage of reserve. - By Antonio Galloni on October 2022