Just tasted yesterday, this is a wonderfully classic bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon from the awesome people at Eden. This Cab is the Domaine Eden bottling, which comes from the old Cinnabar estate located just below Mount Eden that they purchased about 15 years ago. The Domaine Cab sees a small percentage of some of the typical Bordeaux varietals, including 15% Merlot, 5% Cab Franc, 4% Petit Verdot, and 1% Malbec, but the Cabernet Sauvignon is the star of the show. This is like the little brother to the Mount Eden Estate Cab, which got a 98 from Galloni, and is nearly as good at a fraction of the price. The play between minerality and fruit here is very enticing and shows some serious complexity for a bottle in this range. The 2016 Domaine Eden Cabernet Sauvignon is an excellent choice for the domestic Cab lover but with soil character that those with old-world palates like ourselves will enjoy as well.
Wine Advocate (Erin Brooks) 92 points! "It's very unusual for us to release this so early," Jeffrey Patterson explains. "We are releasing it sooner than usual because it's a great value for wine lists, sort of our mid-appellation wine." This vintage, the blend is 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc, 4% Petite Verdot and 1% Malbec. Medium to deep ruby, the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon has a very minerally nose of crushed stone, dusty earth, warm red cherries, woodsmoke and savory/herbal hints with notions of charcuterie, warm blackberries, cherries and bitter chocolate. Medium-bodied, it offers great intensity in the mouth with finely grained, ripe tannins and great freshness, finishing long and layered. 2,699 cases produced."
Wine Enthusiast (Matt Kettmann) 92 points! "The more affordable little sister of Mount Eden, this wine, which is bolstered by 15% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc, 4% Petit Verdot and 1% Malbec, offers black plum, wet river stones, dusty herbs and wood spice on the nose. The palate focuses on minerality, structure and savory flavors, including subtle lavender and black plum. The structure will last for ages."