1999 Cabernet Sauvignon Premier Cuvee 750 ml
1999 was another year where we had forest fires and smoke clouds during harvest. Both 1997 [also a forest fire year] and 1999 produced Estate, Premier Cuvee and Vin de Terroir wines that are extraordinary. The 1999 is a blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot, 10% Petit Verdot. One of Gideon's finest achievements. Juicy cherry and raspberry fruit have an electric brightness thanks to excellent acidity... with a very long finish.
1999 was another year where we had forest fires and smoke clouds during harvest. Both 1997 [also a forest fire year] and 1999 produced Estate, Premier Cuvee and Vin de Terroir wines that are extraordinary. The 1999, a blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot, 10% Petit Verdot, has been a real sleeper for us.
Quantities are quite limited. The colour and bouquet on this wine are exquisite.
Alder Yarrow - July, 2015
Dark garnet in color, this wine smells of bright crushed herbs, forest floor, and red berries. In the mouth, juicy cherry and raspberry fruit has an electric brightness thanks to excellent acidity. Wonderful cedar and crushed herb flavors mix with forest floor and cedar. Great cherry and forest floor notes linger in the very long finish.
Score: Between 9 and 9.5
Matt Kramer - NY Sun - June 1, 2005
The 1997 Cabernet Sauvignon Premiere Cuvee is Renaissance's iontended '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.
GOLD MEDAL CALIFORNIA STATE FAIR, 2012