Hentley Farm has had the privilege of having the following wines reviewed by Joe Czerwinski, rated on a 100-point scale:
2016 Clos Otto Shiraz – 97RP
The 2016 Shiraz Clos Otto is as good a wine as I can recall tasting from Hentley Farm. Boasting tremendous concentration, it somehow manages to harness that into a balanced, nuanced wine that should drink well for a decade and a half. Grace notes of mocha, vanilla and caramel sound like the latest hideous drink from Dunkin, but here it actually adds complexity to the bold blueberry, plum and raspberry fruit. It’s full-bodied and rich without being overblown, folding in more savory notes of earth, roasted meat and dried spices on the long, velvety finish.
2016 The Beast Shiraz – 96 RP
The hulking 2016 Shiraz The Beast is a fine, fine specimen. Cola, mocha and cedar accents give extra depth and dimension to the rich raspberry and plum fruit on the nose, while supple tannins add the impression of feline grace to this full-bodied Shiraz. It’s a big, rich wine, but beautifully proportioned, with a long, velvety finish. To borrow a line from Austin Powers, this is one sexy beast!
2018 The Old Legend Grenache – 93 RP
Hentley Farm’s 2018 The Old Legend Grenache continues its exploration of winemaking techniques and complexity through blending, with 45% fermented with a high proportion of whole bunches, 45% destemmed but kept on skins for 50 days and 10% picked late for color and richness. Herbal notes join hints of strawberry, watermelon and pomegranate on the nose, while the medium to full-bodied palate is framed by fine-grained tannins and crisp acids, both of which suggest this wine will see out the decade in fine form.
2017 The Beauty Shiraz – 92 RP
Featuring scents of potpourri, raspberries and vanilla, Hentley Farm’s 2017 Shiraz The Beauty is a pretty, elegant version of Shiraz (it’s co-fermented with a tiny portion of Viognier). Yet it remains concentrated and structured, with bright acids and silky tannins providing ample backbone and lingering tartly on the finish.
2016 The Quintessential Shiraz Cabernet – 92 RP
Hentley Farm’s 2016 The Quintessential Shiraz Cabernet is a 51-49 blend of the two varieties, illustrating again why the two are such complementary partners. The Shiraz provides flesh and mid-palate, while the Cabernet provides fragrance and length. Hints of tobacco, cedar and cassis appear on the nose, while the medium to full-bodied palate showcases more plummy fruit and even some red berries. It’s supple enough to drink now, but has enough stuffing to age for a decade.
2017 von Kasper Cabernet Sauvignon – 92 RP
Classic cigar box and cassis aromas emerge from the 2017 Von Kasper Cabernet Sauvignon, which shows considerably more ripeness and intensity than the regular Cab bottling. It’s medium to full-bodied, concentrated and tannic but ripe, with a texture akin to fine suede on the palate and a long, potent finish. It’s a bit young for prime time, but it should be good to go in a year or two, and drink well for at least a decade after that.
2017 Hentley Farm Shiraz – 90 RP
Cola, earth, plum and cedar mark the nose of the 2017 Shiraz. It’s dark-fruited, ripe and spicy, with hints of cracked pepper, clove and allspice all present on the medium to full-bodied palate. Supple and ready to drink now and over the next several years, it’s a fine example from a challenging vintage.
We thank you Joe.