Keplinger RBK Napa Cabernet 2018 Rated 98+JD
- Calculated at Checkout
- United States
- 90+ Point Wines
A new wine, the 2018 RBK checks in as 77% Cabernet Sauvignon and 23% Cabernet Franc that's also from the Oakville Ranch Vineyard and, I believe, was brought up in new barrels. There are a scant 720 cases made, but it's well worth the extra effort to track down. A much different style than the Oakville Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon release, it's tighter, more backward, and tannic, with incredible creme de cassis and blackcurrant fruit as well as notes of charcoal, lead pencil, and Asian spices. Still tight, compact, and beautifully concentrated on the palate, it has masses of tannins, flawless balance, and a great finish. The cellar will be your friend on this one, though, and it will take a solid 7-8 years for this to hit maturity, where it should stay for upwards of two decades. Drink 2029-2050.
Wine Tasting Notes
Gorgeous straight from the bottle, with cocoa powder, violets, boysenberry, forest floor, cedar, pipe tobacco, cherry, and black licorice. The entry is extremely silky, it is vibrant and elegant on the palate with a long finish and superfine cocoa powder tannins. Drinking beautifully now, and will age effortlessly.
77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Cabernet Franc