The 2017 Zakin Estate Cabernet Sauvignon is an absolutely brilliant showing in this vintage. Composed of 84% Cabernet Sauvignon and 16% Cabernet Franc, which was sourced from high elevation vineyards on the Zakin's Property on Howell Mountain situated between 1,250 and 1,450 feet, and spent 20 months in mostly new French oak. As this 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 gorgeous medium-plus body that is beautifully structured with tremendous overall 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 from the Zakin’s and winemaker Philip Melka, which should have a brilliant future ahead and age incredibly well for years to come.