2015 Black List XVIII Magnum
Bright ruby red in hue, our Black List XVIII beckons with enticing aromas of black and red fruits, and hints of shaved cedar. At the outset, the stealthy attack invites inspection with a layered salutation of flavors marked by blackberry, black cherry, plum, earth and cherry cola. Alluring, but focused, the wine’s underlying vigor reveals itself with a pleasing acidity, and purposeful structure defined by finely grained tannins that help affirm a satisfying and lengthy finish. While “pretty and pleasing” are likely to be recorded as first impressions of this coy cabernet; the wine’s ultimate bearing reveals a more deliberate and purposeful actor. For those who may be familiar with the Emmy-award winning television series, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, you might find some resemblance between this Black List selection and the series’ truly marvelous lead character, Miriam “Midge” Maisel, played by the fetching Rachel Brosnahan…to widespread critical acclaim.