(From 2012 Vintage) The Reserve grapes were cold soaked for 2 days and were fermented to a maximum temperature of 94 degrees for a short maceration period. These grapes were very giving and the wines reached optimal extraction, concentration, and mouthfeel after only 8 days of maceration. Only free run was used to craft the Reserve, and the Petit Verdot was co-fermented with the Cabernet Sauvignon. This wine is being aged in 100% new French Oak barrels. The coopers that are used in this wine are Darnajou, Sylvain, and Taransaud. These barrels are a blend of M+ and heavy toast barrels from a variety of forests.
(From 2004 Vintage) Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: 96 points
Robert Parker(From 2010 Vintage) Rating: 99/100 - As reviewed by Robert Parker on 10/17/2013
Wine Advocate(From 2008 Vintage) The more limited release 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve Oakville (this particular bottle was finished with a screw cap) has a bluish/purple color and a nose of blueberry liqueur intermixed with creme de cassis, violets and spice box. Super rich, with velvety tannins, this full-bodied wine (100% Cabernet Sauvignon from the McWilliams Oakville Vineyard, just several hundred yards off the Silverado Trail) displays impeccable balance, great richness, and a multi-layered mouthfeel and finish. Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon at its very finest, it should drink well for 15-30 years.
Wine Spectator(From 2008 Vintage) Firm, tight and chewy, with rich, extracted, minty currant, blackberry, sage, cedar, roasted coffee and floral notes. Full-bodied, gaining depth and nuance all the way. Ends with a long, detailed, persistent finish that only promises better things to come. Best from 2012 through 2024. –JL
Robert Parker(From 2003 Vintage) "The 2003 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve ratchets up the power and concentration, but remains remarkably well-focused and balanced. Inky purple with notes of blue and black fruits intermixed with minerals and vanilla, this concentrated, impressively endowed wine will need 3-4 years of bottle-age. It should evolve for 12-20 or more years. Kudos to Plumpjack!"
Wine Advocate(From 1998 Vintage) Rating: (91-93) - As reviewed in Wine Advocate # 132 on Dec-00