Notes of blackberry, blueberry cobbler, cassis, woodsmoke, licorice pastille, and meadow flowers are very inviting. The Palate is taut and structured, featuring dark red and black fruits. great minerality, and lively acidity. The finish on this wine is very long and focused, with lingering floral and light oak elements. This wine will reward short term cellaring, and last for a decade plus in the cellar.
Blend: 83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Petit Verdot, 6% Cabernet Franc
Aging: Aged 21 months in 50% new French oak
93 Points by Jeb Dunnuck
"Beautiful cassis, toasted spice, flowers, scorched earth, and classy oak notes emerge from the 2017 red wine, which is medium to full-bodied and has a soft, supple, texture, good concentration, and a classy finish. Beautifully balanced and elegant, it shows the style of this estate nicely."
92+ Points by Wine Advocate
"Fruit-focused on the nose, with aromas of crème de cassis, sweet and savory spices and dusty plum. The medium to full-bodied palate has a grippy core of dark fruit skin with focused and supporting tannins. There is also a pleasing expression with a structured base, backed by hints of herbs, concluding with a long, lingering finish."
92 Points (Editors Choice) by Wine Enthusiast
"The aromas offer notes of soil, flower, blue fruit, raspberry, herb, barrel spice and cherry. The palate is chock full of fruit flavors and tightly wound tannins. There is a lot of intensity, richness and depth. Coffee notes linger on the finish. It’s a superb value at this price and offers terrific cellaring potential too."
92 Points by Wine Spectator
"Refined and well-structured, this offers pinpoint notes of black cherry, anise and black olive, building tension toward sleek tannins. Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Drink now through 2028."
92 Points by Vinous
"Dark ruby-red. Aromas of cassis, blackberry, boysenberry, licorice and pencil lead, plus a bit of medicinal inkiness that may be from the Petit Verdot component. Densely packed, suave and velvety, conveying alluring subtle sweetness as well as a savory quality to its flavors of black fruits and licorice. Finishes tactile and ripely tannic, with noteworthy palate coverage. The Petit Verdot contributes some complexity and differentiation. This is a second wine with considerable class."
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