After a "classic" Washington vintage in 2012, the summer of 2013 was one of the warmest in the past decade with favorable temperature conditions extending into fall.
Accelerated ripening due to the warm season was slowed by cooler temperatures and light rain events in September. This aided in hang time development resulting in stellar fruit characters and flavors.
Blend: 81% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot, 2% Syrah, 2% Other Varietals
Alcohol COntent: 13.5%
Barrel Aging: The wine barrel-aged in 30% new oak for approximately 10 months.
This bold style Cabernet Sauvignon displays great complexity and structure. There are aromas of dark berry fruits and plum on the nose with chocolate and vanilla on the palate.
"Cocoa, plum and vanilla aromas are followed by creamy-feeling blue-fruit flavors that display a mixture of fruit and barrel. The barrel influence is heavy, but it's delicious all the same."
WINE ENTHUSIAST - DEC 01, 2015
90 points - Best Buy