22 Cabernet Sauvignon Wines, Mostly Napa Valley

Bigger Than Your Head

June 6, 2019

The Halter Ranch Estate Reserve Ancestor 2016, Adelaida District, Paso Robles, is a blend of 70 percent cabernet sauvignon, 19 percent petit verdot and 11 malbec, aged 18 months in French oak, 50 percent new barrels. The wine displays a dense black-purple hue with a glowing magenta rim; the whole package is vibrant with notes of graphite, smoke and cedar, black currants and cherries with touches of oaken vanilla and walnut shell; it’s quite dry, brushy with briers and brambles but plush and velvety on the palate, all elements sustained by energetic acidity and tannins both stalwart and cushiony; the finish brings in flint and granitic minerality. 14.6 percent alcohol. Now through 2025 to ’28. Winemaker was Kevin Sass. Halter Ranch is certified by SIP: Sustainability in Practice. Very Good+. About $60.