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The 2017 Mr. Evans Proprietary Red immediately offers its signature, exhilarating bouquet of vibrant red and black fruit. Yet in 2017, the iconic Roy Estate blend also presents a captivating savory quality evoking forest floor and black truffles. On the palate, the wine’s structure is an homage to classic Bordeaux—firm, textural and layered. It quickly builds an intense, dark core of blackberry, blueberry and creme de cassis. The notable acidity in the 2017 vintage makes this full-bodied wine exceptionally balanced with a lingering, lively finish.
This is an energetic, powerful wine tempered by graceful tannins and its time spent in 100% new French oak barrels. It drinks beautifully now and will improve through 2035 and beyond.
Lively on the palate, it offers dense raspberry, blueberry and blackcurrant framed by vibrant acidity and persistent layers of firm tannins. The defining freshness of the 2017 vintage is exquisitely preserved here while also demonstrating substantial power. Nowhere is this more evident than in the wine’s lingering finish that recalls freshly roasted coffee beans and cocoa. The wine delivers great pleasure today owing to its expressiveness, but will develop for 15-20 years.
Much like the high elevation Cabernets, this Mosaique would benefit from cellar age. It was tasted over two days to find its true expression. This child slowly revealed plum, cherry, dark chocolate, and spice notes but it is a full bodied, grippy wine in its youth. It is similar to the 2015 but with more intensity. As in the past, we are surprised at how well they age. Hopefully you have some of the past vintage Mosaiques to enjoy now while this sleeps in your cellar.
Upon opening, it shows youthful energy with vibrant, ripe dark fruit, purple rim. Complex flavors of blackberry, cassis, chocolate and spice, it shows excellent balance and bursting fruit that after a few hours, slowly reveals the underlying mountain tannins and high density. It was aged in a high percentage of new French oak and handled with utmost care so we hope you do the same in your cellar. Much like the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, it would benefit from bottle age but aerate for at least a few hours for early consumption. It probably will evolve into a vintage closer to 2013 or 2014. Hope you can lay it down for a long time, but if you need to try it now, aerate and sip over 2-3 days as on the third day, it truly shows how mouth coating and expansive it can be.
If there is ever a no-brainer Pinot, this is it as it contains an ample amount of our single vineyard Pinot Noirs. It has an unusual depth and complexity as a result for our entry Pinot Noir. Ripe bing cherries, cranberry and strawberry notes are followed by subtle oak and well integrated finish. It is ready to be enjoyed now and does not call for bottle age. Dishes such as grilled salmon, duck, ribollita or caldo verde would work well as it is so yummy now. For those who practice reverse days where you have breakfast at night, try it with bacon. Yes, it is spring break season but hardly any of us are of that age anymore so no wine with breakfast.
A Sauvignon Blanc with tension and focus, it shows aromas of nose of grapefruit,melon and white flowers. It is lively and complex, showing an exquisite balance of fruit and acidity with flavors of meyer lemon, apples and, of course, Pamplemousse. It finishes clean, though at room temperature its waxy skin tannin shows, and perhaps a slightly bitter peach pit. While it is easy to quaff on a warm afternoon, we have been surprised at its structure. It will be interesting to watch it develop over the next few years as it sheds its acidity and gain complexity.
Continuing the trends of the last few years, here is another riper version of Pamplemousse with a lively, refreshing acidity. Its signature grapefruit aroma is accompanied by white flower, melon and beeswax as well. Instead of laser focused fruit, it shows ripe grapefruit, and stone fruit with noticeable skin tannins in the finish. It is creamier than usual and while it will develop, it’s hard not to enjoy it now. This will be a perfect afternoon beverage on your hot summer day. Watermelon Gazpacho, Spanish melon soup, oysters on the half shell, smoked fish are some of things to look forward to paring with.
The deep, dark garnet hue of this wine reveals the beauty and power to follow. Enticing dark plum, boysenberry, cinnamon, maple syrup, and the fragrance of clean, wet earth all beckon from the glass. Showing a beautiful harmony on the palate, notes of ripe berry and cherry fruit are accented by hints of black pepper and dark chocolate. Firmly structured yet silky tannins are incredibly well-integrated, and the finish is long, luscious, and mouth-watering.
The 2018 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon brims with black currant, violets, plum and black cherries with threads of honey, pipe tobacco, cedar, cloves and vanilla. This wine's lush core of bright blackberry, toffee, dark cherry, cocoa, hazelnut and caramel complement its luscious full body. A wine of great energy, length and finesse.