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2018 Sloan Asterisk Estate Red

2018 Sloan Asterisk Estate Red

95+ JD

From the critics:

94 AG

91+ RP

Featured Review
A great introduction into the incredible quality of this estate, the 2018 Asterisk reveals a deep ruby/purple color as well as a beautiful perfume of blackcurrants, iron, lead pencil, coffee, and smoked tobacco. Rich, medium to full-bodied, and incredibly polished, it has building yet sweet tannins, the more focused, structured style of the vintage, and a brilliant finish. It’s certainly approachable today and offers pleasure, yet it's going to benefit from 3-5 years of bottle age and will have 20-25 years of overall longevity. (Drink between 2024-2051) Jeb Dunnuck

Jeb Dunnuck | 95+ JD

Critic Reviews

A great introduction into the incredible quality of this estate, the 2018 Asterisk reveals a deep ruby/purple color as well as a beautiful perfume of blackcurrants, iron, lead pencil, coffee, and smoked tobacco. Rich, medium to full-bodied, and incredibly polished, it has building yet sweet tannins, the more focused, structured style of the vintage, and a brilliant finish. It’s certainly approachable today and offers pleasure, yet it’s going to benefit from 3-5 years of bottle age and will have 20-25 years of overall longevity. (Drink between 2024-2051)

Jeb Dunnuck | 95+ JD
The 2018 Asterisk is so impressive. It offers up copious dark fruit, chocolate, licorice, menthol and spice, all in a forward, lush style that offers tons of immediacy and appeal. Sloan’s Asterisk shows just how alluring the vintage is. The 2018 is the best Asterisk I have tasted. Frankly, it is better than some estates’ top wines. (Drink between 2023-2036)

Antonio Galloni | 94 AG
Deep garnet-purple colored, vibrant black raspberries, black cherries and cassis notes jump from the nose of the 2018 Asterisk, followed by hints of chocolate mint and violets. Full-bodied, rich and concentrated, it fills the mouth with cedar-laced black fruits with a firm, grainy frame and just enough freshness, finishing on a lingering woody note.

Robert Parker Wine Advocate | 91+ RP

Wine Details for 2018 Sloan Asterisk Estate Red

Type of Wine California Red : Whether it's Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah or Zinfandel, Californian red wine producers have a lovely habit of taking a varietal and expressing its essence in a unique, never before seen way. From Napa Valley to the regions south of Los Angeles, there's a red for everyone - and it's never too late to start exploring.
Varietal Proprietary Blend : Proprietary Blend is a general term used to indicate that a wine is comprised of multiple grape varietals which are either “proprietary” to the winery or is blended and does not meet the required maximum or minimum percentage of a particular varietal. This also is the case for the grape’s place of origin, especially for region, appellation or vineyard designated wines. There are endless examples of blended wines which are labeled as “Proprietary Blend” and in conjunction with each region’s stipulated wine laws and regulations makes for a vast blanket for wines to fall into. Perhaps the simplest example is California; if a wine is to be labeled as Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, it is required to have at least 75% of the varietal (Cabernet Sauvignon) and 85% of the fruit must be cultivated from the Napa Valley wine district. If the wine does not meet the requirements, it is then labeled as Proprietary Blend.

Country US : As one of the most prolific and innovative wine regions in the world, America is a joy to explore. Most wine connoisseurs will agree that the nation's finest and most compelling wines are being produced today, which means that we have front-row seats to one of the most inspirational stories in wine history. While other regions tend to focus on specific wine styles and have somewhat strict rules as to which varietals you could grow, areas like California have few such restrictions in place. As a result, creative visionaries behind America's most reputable estates have been able to develop compelling, unique, and innovative styles, with a level of terroir expression that rivals even France's largest giants.
Region California : With a history of wine production that dates back to the 18th century, California currently sits as one of the world's most prolific and reputable wine regions. With an area as vast as California, you can expect a colorful collage of terroir profiles, a series of microclimates, and micro-environments that give the wine a unique, memorable appeal. The region's produce is far from homogenized in that sense, and it would take you countless hours to sample all of it. While the region boasts scars from the Prohibition era, it went through what can only be described as a viticultural Renaissance sometime after the 1960s. At that point, California went from a port-style, sweet wine region to a versatile and compelling competitor on the world market. Today, no matter which way your taste in wine leans, you can find a new favorite producer among California's most talented.

Notable sub-regions include legendary names like Napa Valley and Sonoma County, places that any wine lover would die to visit. California's quintessential warm climate allows for incredibly ripe fruit expressions, a style that provides a stark contrast to Old World-inspired, earthy classics. Even where inspiration was clearly taken from staple French appellations, Californian winemakers put their own unique spin on the wine.
Subregion Napa Valley

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Producer Sloan

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