Smartly structured and purposeful, this beauty glides smoothly to a sublime finish marked by grace and resolve.
The “textbook” growing season that marked 2018 allowed winemaker Philippe Melka to craft an array of exceptional wines that bear our lionized emblem. Starting with abundant rainfall in February, followed by a moderately late bud break and flowering; ideal conditions through the spring allowed for a plentiful and even fruit set, followed by a mild summer and fall. Under these nearly ideal conditions, heavenly hangtime allowed the fruit to accumulate delightful flavor complexity with gradual increases in sugar…to yield a crop marked by exceptional quality and quantity.
Deep ruby in hue; this latest edition of our signature cabernet captivates from start to finish. Aromas of ripe black fruit, dark Bing cherry, baking spices, and sweet oak foretell the wine’s overture. A lush disclosure follows, as blackberry, black currant, and clove combine as if in a delicate confiture, rich with flavor and nuance. Aged 18 months in 92% new French Oak, the wine displays exceptional balance, purity, and freshness. Featuring gorgeous layering (additional hints of espresso, earth, graphite) with a delicate acidity and velvety tannins, the wine is smartly structured and purposeful, …gliding smoothly to a sublime finish marked by grace and resolve. Charming, handsome, and nearly effortless en route to becoming a timeless classic; this stunning wine invites comparison to the incomparable Fred Astaire, whose talents through Hollywood’s golden age (Top Hat, 1935) have been memorialized for good reason.
98 points, Robert Parker