The color of the wine is near black. The nose is powerful, a myriad of flavor abound from the glass; blackberries, vanilla beans, crushed violets, toffee, anise, dark roast coffee, cocoa and much more. Under these bigger aromatics there is amazing volcanic minerality. The full viscosity of the wine causes a velvety sensation in the mouth. More dark fruit springs forth on the palate surrounded by dark chocolate and caramel. The tannins are very chalky and firm, more serious than previous vintages. The acidity is balancing and reserved, for Spring Mountain. This concentrated complex vintage will reward people with the patience to age for 17-18 years (2038-2039).
95 pts - Robert Parker "Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon Rattlesnake charges out of the gate with bold notions of crème de cassis, plum preserves and juicy blueberries, plus hints of Indian spices, cedar and camphor. Full-bodied, rich, expressive and spicy in the mouth, it has velvety tannins and bright acidity, finishing with epic length."
Fiona and Hal Barnett purchased a 40-acre property located atop Spring Mountain in 1983. After extensive work the first Cabernet Sauvignon vines were planted the following year. Since the very beginning, the intent was to produce small amounts of hand crafted wines that would showcase the unique characteristics found in grapes cultivated on such challenging, high elevation terrain. Over the next five years the vines developed and the estate was established.
Barnett Vineyard's first harvest was in 1989 and yielded 232 cases of "Spring Mountain Cabernet". The winery has expanded gradually since then, selecting outstanding vineyard sites for grapes in addition to those grown on the estate, leading to a current total production of approximately 8,000 cases. Rattlesnake and Spring Mountain District wines remain the focus with the total estate production varying between 5,000 and 6,000 cases annually. In addition, limited amounts of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Sauvignon Blanc are sourced from coveted single vineyards located in astounding appellations and produced.
750ML / 14.9% ABV