The 2019 CVR has a beautiful, almost exotic nose, featuring boysenberry, plum, blackberry crumble, milk chocolate, and violets, with hints of sandalwood and tarragon. The palate is rich and plush, with red and blue fruits, cocoa, cigar box, dried herbs, and a bit of crushed stone minerality. The finish is long and structured, which will lend itself to near-term aging. Drink 2024-2034
Blend: 67% Cabernet Sauvignon, 21% Merlot, 12% Petit Verdot,
Aging: Aged 20 months in 50% new French oak
94 Points by Jeb Dunnuck
"...Composed of 67% Cabernet, 21% Merlot, and 12% Petit Verdot, it's one heck of a base cuvée, and I'd happily drink a bottle. Its deep ruby/purple color is followed by classic notes of darker currants, tobacco leaf, chocolate, and herbal notes, and it's medium to full-bodied, round, plush, and seamless on the palate, with terrific balance. It's beautifully done and can be enjoyed any time over the coming 15 years or more."
94 Points by International Wine Report
"Bountiful aromas of rich red and black fruits, ground coffee beans, black plum, dusty country road, and burned incense abound. More savory on the palate with medium tannins and tangy acidity, the palate pops with black cherry, boysenberry, tar, and anise. Beautifully structured, this wine needs a year or two in bottle to really come alive, and then enjoy over the next decade."
93 Points by Vinous
"On the nose, it shows off beautiful aromatics of baking spices, anise, creme de casis and shades of espresso bean. The palate is exceedingly polished, with beautiful finesse and firm tannins backing up a pretty core of dark fruit, tobacco leaf and milk chocolate flavors."
93 Points by James Suckling
"Currants, anise, hibiscus, and cigar box on the nose. Full-bodied with tight tannins. Rich and intense. Espresso, baked cherries and toasted herbs all blend together on the plush palate. Even better with some time."
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