Out of the Frying Pan ...

From heat waves to wildfires, California Cabernet Sauvignon was put to the test in 2017

Out of the Frying Pan ...
A few top bottlings from the 2016 and 2017 vintages of California Cabernet (Dawn Heumann)
From the Nov 15, 2020, issue

The 2017 California Cabernet vintage is a mixed bag as vintners faced both heat waves and wildfires, but there are numerous successes, with the best wines showing ripe up-front fruit and fresh acidity. Late releases from 2016 are also worth seeking out.

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