41% Merlot 34% Cabernet Franc 20% Cabernet Sauvignon 5% Petit Verdot
A mild and dry winter was followed by an abundance of rainfall in the spring, returning the groundwater to healthy levels.
Summer was filled with warm days, and nights that cooled off dramatically – preserving acidity and aromatics. Harvest
began with Merlot on September 14th and finished the last of the Cabernet Sauvignon on October 12th.
The nose reveals aromas of juicy fresh strawberries and raspberries with hints of menthol. The palate is filled with flavors of ripe plums and bright cherries as well as floral tones of rose and hints of honeysuckle. Chewy tannins are framed by lively acids. The finish is long and spicy with notes of nutmeg and black licorice, followed by lingering white pepper and tobacco.
93 POINTS - James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, February 2023