Tyler Happy Canyon Vineyard RSW Cabernet Sauvignon 2019


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“The 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon Happy Canyon Vineyard RSW is dark, sensual and super-expressive. Justin Willett does a terrific job in crafting a Cabernet that is fresh yet deep, while avoiding the assertive vegetal qualities that can at times be overpowering in Happy Canyon Cabernets. Dark cherry, plum, mocha and savory herbs all build effortlessly in the glass. This classy Cabernet hits all the right notes. Deceptive in its mid-weight structure and charm, the 2019 is delicious now, but I would give it a few years in bottle. Drinking window: 2027-2034. 94 points

Justin Willett continues to make big moves. Willett recently purchased the iconic Fiddlestix vineyard and is now setting up a new base of operations at his Mae Estate vineyard. Extreme heat, sunburn and dehydration were challenges in 2020, as they were throughout the region. Willett opted to use more new oak and a higher percentage of stems in the Pinots to balance the richness of the fruit. The wines are mostly strong across the board, but a wide range like this one is bound to reflect the shortcomings of difficult years, and that is evident in one or two of these wines.”

Antonio Galloni, Vinous (08/22)