2013 Crown Point Cabernet Sauvignon

Year: 2013
Appellation: Happy Canyon of Santa Barbara
Country: USA-California
Wine Spectator: 92
Wine Advocate: 89
Vinous Media: 93
Connoisseurs' Guide: 90
Wine Enthusiast: 96
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.7%
Price :


"An impressive effort that's vibrant, rich and expressive, showcasing intense spice, cedar and dark berry notes, with touches of anise, mocha and dried herb. Ends with gripping, fine-grained tannins that give the flavors traction. Drink now through 2028. 372 cases made.–JL " (WS)

"Another inky colored glass-stainer is the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, which is the first vintage for this estate. Coming from a mix of sandy loam and shale soils and aged 26-28 months in new oak, it offers notes of black currants, mint, scorched earth, dark chocolate and oak. Full-bodied, rich and concentrated, with high quality tannin, it stays relatively compressed and narrow on the palate and finish, which kept the score down. Give bottles a few years in the cellar and plan on drinking by 2028.

A new project covering 37 acres in the Happy Canyon of Santa Barbara County AVA, Crown Point was created in 2012 by Roger Bower, and the wines are made by Adam Henkel. Their 2014s are more successful than the 2013s, and I'm sure the best is yet to come here." (WA)

"Crown Point's 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate is dark, powerful and unctuous. Blackberry jam, mocha, spice, new leather, sweet French oak and licorice are all fused together in a powerful, opulent Cabernet Sauvignon. Sweet, unctuous and super-ripe, the 2013 sets a new bar for what is possible in high-end Cabernet Sauvignon in Happy Canyon. This is, quite frankly, a terrific debut." (VM)

"Rich, almost lavish from the beginning, this wine starts off with generous aromas of black cherries with a hint of ripe red berries and an unmistakable layer of creamy, slightly toasty oak, and it repeats its opulence in the mouth where its full-bodied weight is met by a plush, slightly fleshy, nicely supple texture. Its underlying tannins provide some needed grip but also rough things up a bit more than expected, and, while the wine's deep flavors might invite early enjoyment, its hard edges do not. A wait of some four to seven years would seem to be the best strategy. Reviewed: August 2017" (CG)

"Entrepreneur Roger Bower hired Harlan Estate alum Adam Henkel to deliver top-tier wines, and this first release is an extremely auspicious beginning. Black as night in the glass, the wine delivers elegant aromas of olallieberry jam, baking spice, shaved chocolate, beef jerky, teriyaki and purple flowers. The sticky structure will age phenomenally, further concentrating flavors of coffee foam, soy-laced berry sauce, Asian pepper spice, and dense blueberry, black cassis and black plum fruit. Drink 2018-2033." (WE)

Winery Notes:
The 2013 Crown Point Estate Cabernet Sauvignon is a powerful and exuberant example of what winemaker Adam Henkel calls “the greatest red wine grape in the world”. A pure expression of Cabernet Sauvignon, the nose shows hints of truffle, espresso, subtle charcoal, and cassis while the mouthfeel builds layers upon layers of extravagant richness with its notes of dark red fruits, toast and graphite. Full-bodied, with a tannin structure reminiscent of crushed velvet, it is a very young wine that should hit its prime in about 10 years (2025). Patience will be rewarded.