Quilt is the first cabernet from Copper Cane Wines company, founded by Joseph Wagner (son of Chuck Wagner of Caymus fame; Joe launched and sold the unfathomably successful Meiomi). Given Wagner’s depth of experience with cab, a lot of eyes are on Quilt’s inaugural release to see if lightning can strike yet again. Let’s see!
Dense with currants and some earthiness on the nose, it’s unmistakable as California cab from the get-go. The body doesn’t diverge from the course, offering loads of jammy berry fruit, vanilla, and woody overtones. And it never really lets up, punching you right in the throat with its powerful currant character, its tannins enveloped in a lightly sweet and incredibly lengthy fadeaway.
All told, it’s exactly what we’ve come to expect from the young Wagner, though I’m hoping to see more nuance from the next vintage.
B / $45 / coppercane.com