Scott McLeod

Reserve The Pilot Hill Gang Matt Parish El Dorado County Cabernet Sauvignon

8.916 ratings
8.82 pro ratings
El Dorado County, Sierra Foothills, California, USA
Cabernet Sauvignon
Onion, Shallot, Garlic, Pasta, Venison, Tomato-Based, Potato, Pork, Chocolate & Caramel, White Rice, Mushrooms, Beef, Lamb, Chili & Hot Spicy
Top Notes For
Paul Weil

This reserve release of the always superlative Pilot Hill Gang Cabernet Blend is labeled a Cabernet Sauvignon, so this one is at least 75% Cab, with the rest most likely Merlot. There is a bit of oak to the body, but not overmuch. The tannic structure is big; imagine Rutherford dust turned up to 11 😸 The overall flavor might be described as dried black currant and unsweetened dark chocolate. Perhaps there is a splash of Petit Verdot in the mix? Kudos Mr. Parish!

This reserve release of the always superlative Pilot Hill Gang Cabernet Blend is labeled a Cabernet Sauvignon, so this one is at least 75% Cab, with the rest most likely Merlot. There is a bit of oak to the body, but not overmuch. The tannic structure is big; imagine Rutherford dust turned up to 11 😸 The overall flavor might be described as dried black currant and unsweetened dark chocolate. Perhaps there is a splash of Petit Verdot in the mix? Kudos Mr. Parish!

Sep 16th, 2019
Paul Weil

This is a full-bodied red, full of chewy tannins and dusty Finnish. The flavors are dried cherry and dusty currants. It is quite good, but a bit short of the mark, compared with prior vintages. Still better than 75% of wines out there, and better than 85% at this price point 😺🍷🎢

This is a full-bodied red, full of chewy tannins and dusty Finnish. The flavors are dried cherry and dusty currants. It is quite good, but a bit short of the mark, compared with prior vintages. Still better than 75% of wines out there, and better than 85% at this price point 😺🍷🎢

Oct 25th, 2018
Paul Weil

I am uncertain what "reserve" means for this Bordeaux style blend - but like its unreserved predecessor, it is full bodied, redolent with dark plum and Cherry flavors, and a smooth, slightly tannic mocha currant finish. Keep wearing the "gang" colors, Scott and Matt! 😸

I am uncertain what "reserve" means for this Bordeaux style blend - but like its unreserved predecessor, it is full bodied, redolent with dark plum and Cherry flavors, and a smooth, slightly tannic mocha currant finish. Keep wearing the "gang" colors, Scott and Matt! 😸

Jul 7th, 2016
Nicole Johnson

Not my favorite but smooth.

Not my favorite but smooth.

Aug 7th, 2017
Michael Gailas

I like it a lot but just a little to fruity. It would be great if it was a little drier.

I like it a lot but just a little to fruity. It would be great if it was a little drier.

Sep 19th, 2016
Jessica Mallory

Smells blackberry and sharp. Full variety of of sharp spice and dry fruit, oaky and a hint of raw almonds. Smooth finish.

Smells blackberry and sharp. Full variety of of sharp spice and dry fruit, oaky and a hint of raw almonds. Smooth finish.

Aug 23rd, 2016
Heather Atencio

Excellent! Gift from a friend.

Excellent! Gift from a friend.

Jul 30th, 2016
Jeff Bargmann

Yum!

Jul 10th, 2016
Kimberly Steensen

Kimberly had this a year ago

Kimberly had this a year ago

Apr 5th, 2019
Taylor Wood

Taylor had this 2 years ago

Taylor had this 2 years ago

Dec 29th, 2018