2016 Hayfork Cabernet Sauvginon Jeb Dunnuck Review

2016 Hayfork Lewelling Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon

I loved the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Lewelling Ranch from winemaker Haley Wight, a blend of 96% Cabernet Sauvignon and 4% Petit Verdot that spent 20 months in 75% new French Oak. It shines for its purity and elegance just as much as its richness and depth and gives up medium to full-bodied notes of red and blue fruits, violets, and espresso roast. With silky, ultra-fine tannins, no hard edges, and a great finish, it tastes like it cost 2-3 times the price.

Rating: 95

2016 Hayfork Field Select Cabernet Sauvignon

Even better, the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Field Select is a selection of clone 6 Cabernet Sauvignon blended with 12% Petit Verdot, all from the Lewelling Ranch Vineyard and aged 20 months in new French oak. It’s a blockbuster that still shows the elegance and finesse that are common from this site. Notes of creme de cassis, graphite, blueberries, and a vibrant floral character all develop with time in the glass, and it hits the palate with full-bodied richness, perfect balance, silky tannins, and a great, great finish. It’s another thrilling wine from Haley Wight that can be drunk today or cellared for two decades or more.

Rating: 97

2016 Hayfork Cabernet Sauvignon Wine Advocate Review

2016 Hayfork Lewelling Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon

The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Lewelling Ranch is a blend of 96% Cabernet Sauvignon and 4% Petit Verdot aged 20 months in 75% new French oak. Deep garnet-purple colored, it opens with exuberant red and black currants notions with hints of black truffles and rose hip tea plus fragrant earth, Chinese five spice, dried lavender and dusty soil. Big, full, rich and seductive, it has a plush frame of velvety tannins and wonderful energy, finishing long and spicy. 790 cases produced, to be released in the spring of 2019.

Rating: 94

2016 Hayfork Field Select Cabernet Sauvignon

The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Hayfork Field Select is a blend of 88% Cabernet Sauvignon and 12% Petit Verdot aged 20 months in 90% new French oak. It has a very deep garnet-purple color and reveals beautiful cassis, baked blueberries and black cherry compote notes with touches of dried herbs, wood smoke, cardamom, underbrush and baking spices. Full, firm, spicy and decadent in the mouth, it has a rock-solid structure of grainy tannins and bold freshness lifting the cedar-laced finish. 75 cases produced, to be released in the spring of 2019.

Rating: 96

2015 Hayfork Cabernet Jeb Dunnuck Review

2015 Hayfork Field Select Cabernet Sauvignon

Including more Petit Verdot (14%), the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Field Select was brought up all in new French oak, yet you wouldn’t know it by tasting this beauty. Blackcurrants, graphite, scorched earth, and hints of asphalt all flow to a rich, full-bodied, concentrated Cabernet Sauvignon that needs 3-4 years of bottle age. Along with the 2013, I suspect it’s the finest wine to date from this estate.  
Rating: 96+
 

2015 Hayfork Lewelling Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon

The 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Lewelling Ranch is a blend of 95% Cabernet and 5% Petit Verdot that spent 20 months in 70% new French oak. It has beautiful purity and elegance as well as perfumed notes of cassis, plums, spring flowers and chocolate. I love its purity of fruit and this layered, pretty, seamless 2015 is already impossible to resist, yet has 15+ years of prime drinking to go. There’s 730 cases and it’s well worth seeking out.
Rating: 94

2014 Hayfork Cabernet Sauvignon Antonio Galloni Review

The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Lewelling Ranch is powerful, dense and also

compact. This is an especially dark wine for the year, with plenty of muscle

and depth. There is no shortage of intensity, but the 2014 comes across as

raw and not fully put together. There is plenty of potential, even if the

2014 doesn't quite have the balance of the very best Hayfork Cabernets.

Rating: 91

The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Field Select opens with striking aromatics

redolent of graphite, scorched earth, smoke, leather, tar and black

cherries. The flavors are bold and incisive in a wine that is built on a sense

of masculine strength. In 2014, Haley Wight opted for a high percentage of

Petit Verdot (12%) and that comes through in the wine's pure power. The

2014 Field Select is a total knock-out and also one of the under the radar

gems of the vintage.

Rating: 95

2013 Hayfork Cabernet Sauvignon Antonio Galloni Review

The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Lewelling Ranch is bright, focused and

nuanced, with striking aromatics and quite a bit of complexity.

Understated and classy, with attractive freshness and tons of finesse, the

Lewelling Ranch shows the more polished style of the year. Even so, there

is plenty of underlying tannic grip.  

Rating: 94

The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Field Select is mostly a selection of Clone 4

Cabernet. Pliant, deep and resonant on the palate, the 2013 offers striking

depth, but in the mid-weight style that characterizes all of these wines. A

bit more new oak here gives the wine its texture, shape and overall feel.

Dark cherry, chocolate, plum and spice meld into the pliant, nicely

textured finish.

Rating: 93