The Wonder Years

With the 97-point 2019 vintage, Napa Cabernet fills the market with exceptional wines

The Wonder Years
Following the spectacular 2018 vintage, the outstanding 2019s give California Cabernet lovers a bounty of great wines to choose from. (Jeff Harris)
From the Nov 15, 2022, issue

The 2018 vintage set a high-water mark for California Cabernet. The year was defined by wines that show a distinctly terroir-driven persona, rippling with energy and offering remarkable precision. By any measure, it would be hard to duplicate its level of success. But 2019 is going to try anyway.

Read Wine Spectator senior editor James Molesworth’s tasting report on 2019 California Cabernet, including his overall assessment of the outstanding vintage, plus top bottlings and good values from across Napa, Sonoma and beyond. 

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