Zakin Estate Wines 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon

Drinking Window: 2022-2040
Reviewed by
: J D’Angelo
Tasting date: February 2020

The Zakin Estate 2017 Cabernet sauvignon is an absolutely brilliant showing in this vintage… As it slowly begins to unwind in the glass, it releases striking aromatics of red/black currants, and red plums which are accented with dried spices, fresh lavender, dried herbs, black tea, graphite and hints of underbrush that continue to resonate throughout. On the palate this is simply stunning as it possesses a medium-plus body that is beautifully structured with tremendous balance and poise. It goes on to display remarkable freshness, purity and focus all the way through the long graceful finish. Overall, this is an exceptional wine by the Zakins and winemaker Philippe Melka, which should have a brilliant future ahead and age incredibly well for years to come.

Zakin Estate Wines 2017Cabernet Sauvignon

Drinking Window: 2022-2037
Reviewed by
: Antonio Galloni
Tasting date: January 2019

he 2017 Zakin Estate Cabernet Sauvignon is rich, ample, and creamy…with tremendous depth and resonance that carries through all the way to the finish. Super-ripe red cherry fruit, pomegranate, mint, spice and blood orange are some of the many aromas that round out this super expressive wine. Sweet floral notes brighten up the finish. Another strong vintage from this small Howell Mountain Estate.

Zakin Estate Wines 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon

Drinking Window: 2019 - 2035
Reviewed by: Lisa Perotti-Brown
Tasting date: October 2019

The Zakin 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate comes from just below Cakebread’s dancing Bear Vineyard and just above Dana Estate’s Lotus vineyard. Very deep purple-garnet colored, it gives up expressive notes of blackberries, black cherry compote, stewed plums and balsamic with hints of sautéed herbs, rose hip tea, and damp soil with a waft of raspberry leaves. Medium bodied, the the palate is very light on its feet with lively freshness and fine-grained, ripe tannins, finishing long and perfumed.

Zakin Estate Wines 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon

Drinking window: 2021 - 2031
Reviewed by: Antonio Galloni
Tasting date: December 2018

Zakin's 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon is a real stunner. Savory, dense and beautifully layered in the glass, the 2016 has so much to offer. Dried rose petal, lavender, mint and kirsch give the 2016 striking savory nuance to play off a core of bright, beautifully chiseled fruit. Vivid and super-expressive, the 2016 is another stellar wine from Zakin.

Zakin Estate Wines 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon

Drinking window: 2022 - 2050
Reviewed by: Lisa Perrotti-Brown
Issue date: 29th Oct 2018
Source: Mid-October 2018 New Releases, The Wine Advocate

Blended of 91% Cabernet Sauvignon and 9% Cabernet Franc aged for 20 months in 74% new French oak, the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate is deep garnet-purple in color and leaps from the glass with crushed blackcurrants, warm plums and fresh blackberries with hints of violets, star anise, tobacco, underbrush and yeast extract plus a waft of pencil shavings. The palate is medium to full-bodied, firm and grainy with fantastic intensity and energy, finishing on a beautiful mineral note.

Zakin Estate Wines 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon

Drinking window: 2019 - 2036
Reviewed by: Lisa Perrotti-Brown
Issue date: 28th Feb 2018
Source: 235, The Wine Advocate

The deep garnet-purple colored 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate is scented of cassis, violets and chocolate box with touches of dried herbs, lavender and roses. The palate is medium to full-bodied, taut, chewy and refreshing with an herbal lift and long savory finish.

Zakin Estate Wines 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon

Drinking window: 2016 - 2036
Reviewed by: Robert M. Parker, Jr.
Issue date: 28th Oct 2016
Source: 227, The Wine Advocate

The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate comes from the Crystal Springs area of Napa, just below Cakebread Cellars. The wine is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon and exhibits beautiful blackcurrant and blackberry fruit, a touch of wood smoke and charcoal, licorice and underbrush. It is round, juicy, ripe, medium to full-bodied, with silky tannin and adequate acidity. Drink it over the next 15-20 years.

This is a relatively new estate with a tiny production from four acres, as well as a single estate wine.

Zakin Estate Wines 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon

Drinking window: 2018 - 2034
Reviewed by: Antonio Galloni
Tasting date: October 2016

The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon is powerful, dense and explosive. Dark red cherry, rose petal, mint, smoke, licorice, dark spices and menthol all come alive in the glass. Dramatic and ample on the palate, the 2014 exudes personality. This is one of the most impressive debuts I have seen in Napa Valley in some time.


Zakin Estate Wines 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon

Drinking window:  2018 - 2035
Reviewed by: Lisa Perrotti-Brown
Issue Date: 29th Oct 2018
Source: Mid-October 2018 New Releases, The Wine Advocate

A blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon and 25% Cabernet Franc, the deep garnet-purple colored 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate opens with compelling crème de cassis, preserved plums and dried mulberries with touches of sandalwood, tilled soil, unsmoked cigars and charcuterie. Big, rich and full, the palate explodes with black and blue fruit preserves and spicy layers, framed by velvety tannins and finishing with fantastic freshness and depth.