“The 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Materium is one of the wines of the vintage and, as I wrote last year, a solid step up over the Amoenus release. Loads of liquid violets, flowery incense, sappy herbs, graphite, and assorted blue fruits all flow to a full-bodied, thrillingly textured, pure, sensationally concentrated Cabernet Sauvignon. Super rich, plush, yet flawlessly balanced, it too is going to benefit from 2-3 years of bottle age and keep for two decades.” Sourced from a single block of Weitz Vineyard, this site is 1000 feet above the Silverado Trail on the eastern hillside of Oakville. The vines here struggle to grow in shallow soil among boulders and stones, resulting in a deeply concentrated, elegantly textured Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. Since its inception in 2004, Thomas Rivers Brown has been making Maybach and that is how we first met each other. At that time, he was only making Schrader, Outpost and wine for a few smaller producers. I have been supporting Maybach since their first vintage and continue to do so because it is one of the best Cabernets today.
98 Points, Jeb Dunnuck