Based on what I've tasted over the last two years, I believe this to be the best Washington Cabernet Sauvignon available. To put a much finer point to it, or right about one hundred of them, this is a perfect Washington Cabernet and if I gave scores that is exactly what I'd give it. I love everything about it--resounding dark-fruited intensity, a smorgasbord of Cabernet highlights from graphite to purple flowers, tobacco to mocha. And then there's the way it exists in complimentary realms, showing incredible depth and power paralleled by striking poise and balance.
The two early reviews (including Jeb's barrel taste pre-score from last year and I guarantee you this wine is better now than it was last year) include "stunner," "stunning," and even "astonishingly good." I'll echo that and more: we are witnessing a master at work. It's incumbent on those of us who love Cabernet to revel in Todd Alexander's mastery and to support it by adding this wine to our collections. -Marcus
97-99 points Jeb Dunnuck: "The 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon Red Mountain Estate is a stunner, and Cabernet lovers are advised to jump on this beauty. Lots of cassis, graphite, chalky minerality, and lead pencil notes soar from the glass, and it's full-bodied, with a dense, concentrated mid-palate, ripe tannins, and a great, great finish. It's a ripe, polished Cabernet that shows classic Red Mountain minerality and structure."
97 points Vinous: "A stunning bottling from Red Mountain, the 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon shows incredible flavor density and tension from this cooler vintage. On the nose, it shows off exotic spices that mingle with tar, anise, crème de cassis and violets. The palate is plush and jam-packed full of dark fruits, tobacco leaf, huckleberry coulis and mocha; refined tannins hold everything in place. Astonishingly good in its youth, this has at least another 20 years ahead of it. Be sure to give it at least a two-hour decant if enjoying young."