Wine Spectator 94 points - TOP 100 OF 2017 #86 - A big, rich Cabernet, with firm, structured tannins that are powerful and edgy, framing the core of blackberry, black cherry, plum and espresso flavors. An impressive effort. Best from 2019 through 2029. 4,075 cases made. -JL.November/2017
Wine & Spirits 92 points - This 53-acre estate, in the hills at the southeastern corner of the Alexander Valley, consistently produces exceptional cabernet, including this exceptionally mineral 2014. The fruit is present, in the juicy texture and blackberry tones, but it’s the fruit tannins that give the wine its depth, as if mining for minerals, from iron ore to obsidian. Built for long aging, this needs decanting and a blackened steak if you open it now. (4,075 cases).December/2017
Ted Simpkins is a man who dreams big and acts with even greater conviction. From the beginning, he identified the singular purpose for Lancaster Estate as producing a flagship wine to rival the best the world has to offer. Our Alexander Valley Estate Cabernet Sauvignon more than meets this challenge. Estate grown, produced and bottled in the manner of the great Chateaux of France, this Bordeaux style blend features the five noble grape varietals of the region and is a reflection of both the estate and its determined proprietors. A wine of distinction easily identified by its enticing aromas and lush profile, the Estate Cabernet Sauvignon is a reflection of superior winegrowing, exceptional terroir and masterful winemaking. In addition to the Cabernet Sauvignon base, this wine is always a blend with Malbec, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Deeply and richly colored, nuanced with finely textured tannins, this is a wine that is deliciously approachable upon release but will continue its evolution over many years in the bottle, rewarding those with patience enough to set aside a library selection.