GOLD MEDAL CALIFORNIA STATE FAIR, 2012
Matt Kramer - NY Sun - June 1, 2005
The 1997 Cabernet Sauvignon Premiere Cuvee is Renaissance's intended 'signature' wine, the one the winery sees as the richest, fullest, most long-lived of its array of cabernets. Indeed, this is powerful, full-bodied wine, but it's nowhere near the fruit bombs so commonly found today. Instead, this is penetrating, dimensional cabernet suffused with an austere fruit and lovely balance, a blend of cabernet sauvignon (76%) and merlot (24%). This is eminently drinkable today, but will make old bones for sure.
Wicker Parker - 12/10/10
As with the 1998 Premiere Cuvee, its slightly more evolved brother, this brand new release (!) reminds me something of young Barbaresco. Red flowers and cherries hit my nose; firm yet elegant tannins massage my cheeks while a very pure and clean expression of minerals and red fruited acidity rushes up the middle. Hints of cinnamon and clove mark the finish. It's almost impossible to find cabernet sauvignon this fresh, this elegant, from anywhere. This is still a very young wine, built to age, and will deepen with time.
Fredric Koeppel - 7/2014
Dark ruby color; rich, warm and spicy, notes of black cherry, fruit cake, graphite, dried thyme and blacmk olive; still quite tannic with lots of woody spice, yet oddly attractive and drinkable. Best, though, from 2017 or 2020 through 2027 to 2030.