F. Stephen Millier 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon

Vintage: 2018

Wine Name/Vineyard: Black Label

Wine Category: Cabernet Sauvignon

Grape blend: 100% Cab Sauvignon

Bottle size: 750 ml 

Region: North Coast

State or country: California 

Price: $22.99 

ABV: 14.5% 

Cases produced: N/A 

The Barrel Cellar Score:  89 points 

Review date: October 31, 2021 

About the Winemaker: F. Stephen Millier describes his Black Label Series as “made up of incredible wines that stand alone.” The Black Label wines, are vineyard blends released through Nakedwines.com. The Cabernet Sauvignon grapes selected for this wine were grown in proprietary vineyards.

Color: Plum

Nose:  Red berries, bright cherry, oak, and a touch of smoke. 

Taste: Baking spice, bright cherry, mineral notes, and a hint of pie crust. Sustained finish with cinnamon and oak.

Assessment: The bottle describes this wine as “elegant” I couldn’t agree more. I expected a big bold California wine; I found a reserved offering featuring fantastic mineral notes, complimented by bright acidity and silky tannins. The wine is well balanced, has a light to medium body, and offers a velvety mouthfeel.

I believe the winemaker, when stating that “the wine stands alone,” meant that no food is necessary to enjoy it. This might be true, but I think the brightness of the juice alongside the flavor notes make this a perfect choice for Thanksgiving dinner.


Pairing recommendation:  Turkey, duck, or game hen.

The Barrel Cellar rates F. Stephen Millier’s Black Label Cabernet Sauvignon 90 points.



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