This is what I think of when I think of Cabernet. All the hallmarks, all the trademarks done masterfully. The notes below give a great range of aroma, flavor, and texture but where I differ from these two reviewers I respect: 1) this is absolutely the best Andrew Januik Stone Cairn and 2) if I were assigning scores based on all the Washington Cabs I've tasted this year, my score for this would be a couple notches higher. An all-star that's priced like a bench-player, this is a deal we should all jump on. -Marcus
93+ points Jeb Dunnuck: "The 2018 Stone Cairn checks in as 96% Cabernet Sauvignon and 4% Merlot that was brought up in 50% new French oak. This deep ruby/purple-hued beauty gives up a great bouquet of crème de cassis, spicy oak, chocolate, and flowers. Beautifully balanced and medium to full-bodied, with both richness and elegance, it ranks with the finest examples of this cuvée I've tasted. If it was from Napa, it would be three times the cost. Drink bottles over the coming 10-12 years, if not longer."
94 points Owen Bargreen (Decanter, Vinous): "The 2018 ‘Stone Cairn’ by Andrew Januik is quite possibly the finest wine I have tasted from this talented young winemaker. The wine is dense and chewy now at the three year mark. The nose has really great range from tar and pipe tobacco to blueberry compote, mocha and loganberry preserves. The wine shows incredible decadence and a seamless texture. Once on the mouth this effortlessly glides across the mid-palate. This is big but has a great sense of elegance, as this beautiful Cabernet Sauvignon will cellar well for another decade or more. Drink 2021-2034."