95 Points, James Suckling: “Aromas of black and ripe red fruit, rose petals and crushed herbs. Medium-bodied with silky tannins. Linear and balanced on the palate. Fine-tuned intensity, too. Delicious. Wonderfully approachable now, but can definitely age, too. Drink or hold.”Winery: The fruit was fermented at low temperatures in small, open-top tanks and punched down by hand one to three times per day, depending on how the wine tasted during the fermentations. Maceration was 18-24 days. The wine was partially co-fermented (fermented together as one lot), and the remainder racked and blended before malolactic fermentation, so that the wine could marry from the very beginning-much magic happens during fermentation, and co-fermenting can create a seamless wine in a way that doesn’t always happen with blending after the fact.As always, the wine is defined by its typical bright red fruits, mineral character, cedar and tobacco aromas, but this year with more rich black fruits and graphite. And there is the trademark structure for aging, which is why we hold the wine the additional years in bottle before release. This wine will continue to develop for many years.This wine is our attempt at crafting a classic balanced and age-worthy red wine-wine like the those produced and collected around the world when people like Thomas Jefferson and Winston Churchill wouldn’t have dinner without a bottle of Claret. Old school age-worthy wine with finesse but with guts, and complete with a beginning, middle, and end.Bottle:750ml, corkVarietal:60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 6% Petit Verdot, 4% Cabernet FrancAlcohol %:13.5%pH:3.65Aging:20 months in 50% French oak, 50% older French oakRegion:Napa Valley, California
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