A row of barrels in the Relic cave.

2017 La Place Cabernet Sauvignon

Our treasured monopole, La Place Vineyard, has stepped up its game in 2017! The second vintage of this wine displays exotic, riper aromatics, with denser fruit and a more layered texture. Aromatics of ripest plum, exotic blackberry, dark chocolate, bright red raspberry notes and exotic spices fill the glass. The palate features this vineyard’s trademark silky tannins, but the overall texture is one of depth and power, leading to a soaring, long finish. Truly a wine of place, like no other. Our beloved unicorn. Low yields were on display here with just 108 cases produced from 4 barrels.

  • 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
  • 1 acre vineyard located on Silverado Trail at Lommel Road, tucked against the hills
  • Extremely rocky and well-drained alluvial soils
  • Clones 8, See, and 4
  • Fermented in French oak puncheons
  • Aged in 100% new French oak for 21 months
  • Unfined & unfiltered
  • 108 cases from 4 barrels

The 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon La Place comes from a tiny vineyard not far from Hourglass and is all Cabernet Sauvignon fermented in neutral oak before aging in new oak. It has a beautiful, full-bodied, elegant profile as well as lots of black cherry and currant fruits intermixed with notes of tobacco, gravelly earth, and lead pencil. It will drink well for 15+ years or more.
Jeb Dunnuck
January 2020
Features an overt beam of licorice, plum sauce and cherry compote flavors, with polished edges and dashes of toasted vanilla, herb and graphite on the finish. Very solid. Approachable, but there's no rush. Drink now through 2029.
James Molesworth
Wine Spectator Insider
July 29, 2020
Made of 100% Cabernet Sauvignon aged 22 months in 100% new French oak, the deep garnet-purple colored 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon La Place Vineyard features fragrant cassis, baked plums and dried mulberries with hints of fallen leaves, dried herbs and tobacco. Big, rich, full-bodied and firmly textured with a fair bit of chewiness, it has a long earth and spice-laced finish. 108 cases were made.
Lisa Perrotti-Brown
The Wine Advocate
October 2019