International Wine Cellar | Rating: 93(a blend of 81% cabernet sauvignon, 13% cabernet franc, 4% merlot and 2% petit verdot): Deep red-ruby. Aromas of plum, black raspberry, crushed blackberry and coffee. Bright, sharply delineated and sweet, with dark berry flavors complicated by sage, white flowers, sassafras and sexy oak tones. Finishes with noble, round, serious tannins that reach the front teeth and perfumed cabernet franc notes of licorice and flowers. The fruit here got ripe, noted winemaker Austin Peterson, as the rain on this well-drained rocky site was less damaging. The cool year also made for very fresh fruit, he added. Still, this densely packed wine will require time in bottle to deliver the complexity promised by the nose today.Author: Stephen TanzerIssue: May/June 2014
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Collector Data For This Wine
- 100 bottles owned
- 31 collectors