1999 Behrens & Hitchcock - Cuvee Lola (Reserve) 750ml

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1999 Behrens & Hitchcock - Cuvee Lola (Reserve)
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International Wine Cellar | 91

(a blend based on 65% cabernet franc) Good full medium ruby. Flamboyantly aromatic nose melds baked blackberry, black cherry, minerals, bitter chocolate and a head shop of exotic spices. Lush, chewy and sweet but not at all heavy, with dark berry and spice flavors enlivened by violet and mint components. Boasts impressive density for a wine based on cabernet franc. This has personality and spine.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 102

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Score: 95
Author: Front Man
Trust Rating: 100
Tasted On: 07/02/2010
First I will say this was by far the most sediment I have ever seen in a wine bottle. I think the bottom 1/4 was undrinkable being so cloudy. That said it was also by far the finest Cabernet Franc based wine I have ever tasted. It was dark & full bodied with the typical earthiness from the Cab Franc yet it was lively & not overly tannic. Complex with very nice dark fruit flavors. Surprisingly young tasting given it's age. It was full bodied and elegant at the same time.
Score: 95
Author: Johnnymd
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 06/05/2009
Still concentrated and youthful. Was not sure how it would last, but clearly has many years to go. Dark purple, light chocolate, slight burnt rubber, smooth tannin and long finish.

About This Producer


The husband and wife duo of Lisa Drinkward and Les Behrens got their start with their award-winning restaurant, Folie Douce in Arcata, California. When loyal clientele Joe Bob Hitchcock and his wife Lily learned of Les' thoughts of winemaking, the couple decided to put up some capital to join him in his endeavor. The first 175 cases were produced in 1993, and grew to 750 over the next three years. In 1997, the vineyard moved from Arcata to Napa Valley, where Behrens & Hitchcock eventually decided to purchase acreage on Spring Mountain. The team worked hard to produce its first single-vineyard wines during the 1999 harvest. Today the winery is seemingly an overnight success, producing single-lot Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, and Petite Syrah of outstanding quality.

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