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93 DeLille 2017 Four Flags Cabernet Sauvignon (Red Mountain). This is a blend of fruit from Upchurch (30%), Ciel du Cheval (27%), Grand Ciel (24%) and Klipsun vineyards (19%). The aromas offer notes of sautéed dried herb, raspberry, dry chocolate and earth. Dense, fresh coffee and cherry flavors follow. It lingers on the finish, showing a pleasing sense of brightness. It drinks well now but seems to be immortal. Best after 2026. Cellar Selection. —S.S.

abv: 14.6% Price: $70

93 DeLille 2017 Lot 3 Cabernet Sauvignon (Red Mountain). All of the fruit for this wine comes from Klipsun Vineyard. The aromas pull you in, with notes of cherry, black currant, barrel spice, earth and whiffs of satsuma. Full-feeling dark-chocolate and cherry flavors follow, bring a sense of density and chewiness. It shows the vibrancy of the vintage, with compelling structure and impressive length. Editors’ Choice. —S.S.

abv: 14.2% Price: $75

93 DeLille 2017 Shaw Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (Red Mountain). The aromas draw you into the glass, with notes of earth, dark cherry, flower, black currant and raspberry, showing a compelling sense of detail. The palate is dense, full of plum flavors, backed by tightly wound tannins and accented by bright acidity. Coffee notes linger on the finish. It’s hard to resist now but will only get better with time in the cellar. Best from 2026–2032. Cellar Selection. —S.S.

abv: 14.1% Price: $75

93 DeLille 2016 Grand Ciel Cabernet Sauvignon (Red Mountain). The aromas offer notes of roasted coffee, cherry, black currant, scorched earth and plum. The flavors show restraint and sophistication, with plenty of stuffing. The acidity of the vintage brightens it. It has a very long life ahead. Best after 2026. Cellar Selection. —S.S.

abv: 14.2% Price: $160

93 Gorman 2017 Albatross Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (Red Mountain). All varietal and aged in 100% new French oak, the aromas offer notes of ripe black cherry, incense and char. Rich, intense fruit flavors follow. It’s a big hammer of a wine, bringing power like only this producer can bring it. Toast notes linger on the finish. Editors’ Choice. —S.S.

abv: 15.2% Price: $80

Highly regarded StoneTree Vineyard is the dominant fruit source for this wine. Coffee, dried herb and black-cherry aromas. —S.S.

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