Jeb Dunnuck reviewed the 2018 vintage reds, and they were well received.
2018 Prominence Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon – “The 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Prominence Reserve (95% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Merlot) also offers a complex, brambly, cedary, spicy style revealing lots of blueberry and mulberry fruits and floral notes, medium to full-bodied richness, and a structured, tight, yet concentrated and age-worthy style on the palate. 93+ points“
2018 Amaryllis Spring Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon – “From Spring Mountain and 95% Cabernet, with the balance Petit Verdot and Merlot, the 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Amaryllis offers a great, wild, classic Mountain perfume of wild, forest-like nuances as well as plenty of red and blue fruits, cedarwood, new saddle leather, and flowery incense. This is another Bordeaux-like wine in the lineup that has medium to full-bodied richness, firm yet still ripe tannins, and a great finish. Give bottles 3-4 years at a minimum. 93 points“
2018 Sauvage Mt Veeder Syrah – “Coming from Mt. Veeder, the 2018 Syrah Sauvage certainly lives up to its name. It has a wild, feral bouquet of mulberry and brambly red and black fruits as well as lots of white and black pepper, cedar, game, and resinous herb-like aromas and flavors. It’s firm, tannic, and medium-bodied on the palate, with good concentration. Give bottles 2-3 years in a cold cellar and enjoy over the following decade. 91+ points“
2018 Ardante Mt Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon – “The 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Ardante comes from the cooler, mountainous Mt. Veeder appellation and is 94% Cabernet Sauvignon and 3% each of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Darker currants, espresso, damp earth, tobacco, and lots of earthy minerality emerge from the glass, and this beauty is medium to full-bodied, with a layered, elegant texture, lots of underlying structure, and a great finish. As with all of these 2018s from Bougetz Cellars, it needs bottle age, but it’s an impressive, age-worthy wine. 94 points“
2018 Eminence Coombsville Cabernet Sauvignon – “Coming from Coombsville and a blend of 96% Cabernet Sauvignon and 2% each of Petit Verdot and Malbec, the 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Eminence has a sappy, green edge yet holds it together, showing plenty of darker blue fruits, underbrush, cedar, and spring flower-like aromas and flavors. It builds nicely with time in the glass and has good concentration, a Bordeaux-like sensation in its firm tannins and acid, and a good finish. Not for instant gratification, it will benefit from 2-4 years of bottle age and should age gracefully. 91+ points“
2018 Jovana Napa Valley Merlot/Cabernet Franc – The Merlot-dominated 2018 Red Blend Jovana (64% Merlot and 36% Cabernet Franc) has an exotic, blueberry, strawberry, floral, almost mint-laced bouquet that gives way to a more medium-bodied, elegant wine with ripe yet present tannins, a good spine of acidity, and a clean finish. The aromatics gain more richness with time in the glass, yet this is still a more exotic, floral Merlot that should keep for a decade. 90 points“