Myriad Cellars Rarefied Air Cabernet Sauvignon 2019
|Region||California, Napa Valley|
Released only in magnum and a blend from multiple vineyards (I'm assuming, since they're tight lipped on the fruit for this), the 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon Rarified Air is another pure, seamless, incredibly impressive wine delivering those classic Napa Valley cassis and blue fruit nuances as well as notes of lead pencil shavings, unsmoked tobacco, and a hot stone, earth-like minerality. This full-bodied, rich, powerful 2019 has ripe tannins, a layered, concentrated mouthfeel, and a one heck of a finish. It's another sensational wine in the lineup that can be enjoyed any time over the coming decade or more.
Myriad's 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon Rarefied Air comes from an undisclosed single vineyard and is available only as magnums, of which 300 were made. It's a dark purple-hued wine but with surprising lift and freshness on the nose, offering up hints of violets alongside deeper notes of mocha and purple raspberries combined with blueberries and cassis. Full-bodied, concentrated and ripe, it's creamy in texture across the mid-palate, then ends with a flourish of cedar, vanilla and allspice. It's a big boy, yet it's not clumsy or overdone, labeled at a reasonable 14.2% alcohol (although I wouldn't be terribly surprised if it were higher).