The Blueline Estate Cabernet Sauvignon (BLCS) has benefited more from Tony Biagi's deft winemaking skill than any wine in our portfolio. 2016 was the year it all came together for the Blueline Cabernet. Subtle changes in farming and winemaking since Tony's first vintage in 2012, have resulted in a wine of incredible refinement, balancing power, delicacy and a layered complexity. Aromatically, the '16 BLCS beckons with an intoxicating bright rose petal floral scent, intermingling with a stony graphite and a waterfall of red and black fruit aromas that transcend to the first palate impression. Dimension and layering is the nature of the '16 BLCS with a complex weave of pure fruit flavors and the stripe of graphite carrying forward from the cascade of aromas, through the long finish. One can imagine the stony cobble of the Blueline Estate as it passes across the palate.
Finely pixelated tannins yield a refined texture that is just the right balance of silky sleekness to an appropriate level of grip for a long thoughtful finish. The purity and freshness of fruit is striking, with a complex interplay of dark black berry bramble and tangy dark sour cherry notes. Fresh vibrant acid yields a tensional balance against the rich saturated fruit flavors. Deep in complex flavors, yet vibrant. The structure of this wine is serious and provides the interlocking chemical web for long term cellaring. That said, Tony's mastery and refinement of tannin makes this wine compelling in its youth. It's your call if you want to enjoy it now, or cellar it for 20+ years. The 2016 Blueline Estate Cabernet is the culmination of 10 years of vineyard study at Blueline and Tony's mastery of the Estate. 2016 represents a watershed vintage for the Blueline Estate Cabernet.
VinousThe 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Blueline is a gorgeous, sensual wine. Blueberry jam, mint, licorice, spice and graphite all run through this super-expressive, highly nuanced Cabernet Sauvignon. Savory top notes add freshness as well as character. This is such an attractive and promising wine.
Jeb DunnuckThe 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Blueline Estate comes from the estate's vineyard and is another beautiful wine. Blackcurrants, earth, tobacco, and some herbal notes all give way to a medium to full-bodied 2016 that delivers plenty of intensity and flavor while staying seamless, elegant, and balanced. You can safely drink this any time over the coming 15-20 years.