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Notes of strawberry and tart pie cherry are accompanied by notes of sweet vanillin, toasted hazelnut and coffee as an introduction to this joyfully juicy blend of rich fruit and earthy spice. The wine opens to a well integrated mid-palate of dark berries, toffee and cassis. The broad palate is elevated and brightened with a mouthwatering acidity that welcomes this wine to the table. Sassafras, herbal notes and baking spices are revealed in the satisfying finish.
The 2018 vintage is immediately recognizable for its palate coating texture - a familiar trademark of Ancien's Carneros Pinot Noir. In its youth is skews more to the spicy end of the spectrum with currants, orange spice and cocoa. The darker cherry and wild berry notes open with time in the glass and charactistic notes of anise. Subtle earth notes, hummus and truffles add interest as well as exotic hibiscus nuances. The wine finishes long and savory inviting the next sip. A versatile wine to pair at the table or to enjoy alone for its opulent andapproachable fruit.
A bright and juicy vintage from this small backyard vineyard in Coombsville, this vintage of Mink Vineyard Pinot Noir abounds in fruit notes we love from this vineyard. Darker fruits blend with notes of cocoa to balance the bright juiciness of blueberry and plum. Fine, chalky tannins and minerality balance the hedonism of the Mink fruit and beckon you in for another mouthwatering sip. Age in the bottle will reveal the underlying depth of this wine as it evolves and broadens on the palate.
The 2018 vintage possesses a beautiful balance of ripeness and elegance. Aromas of dried roses, geranium and potpourri rise above boysenberry, cherry, and plum fruit notes. In its youth, it is laser focused and firmly structured. In the glass it gradually unfolds displaying its richness and concentration - and hinting of the rewards of patience with this wine. Look for greater depth to develop over the next 3 - 10 years.
A bold Pinot Noir with notes of fruit and exotic spice, this wine is enjoyable to drink now with plenty of life to give for years down the line. The nose greets with notes of watermelon, wet slate, and cassis. Fresh dark fruits lead the palate, and the focus settles on ripe flavors of blackberry and currants spiced with peppercorn. Velvety and softly chewy tannins emphasize structure, while ever-present acidity balances and brightens. The spicy aromatics and flavors continue through the long finish.
The wine exhibits a deep garnet hue in the glass. Our first impression is WOW, just wow. Aromas are expansive and bright throughout - concentrated, ripe and layered. Strong aromatics of dark berry, cedar, spice, cherry, cinnamon and toasty French oak give complexity and opulent appeal. The 2015 was an early harvest producing very little crop, yet what was picked is spectacular. Across the palate it is a big wine, lush with gorgeous pure flavors and a long, persistent finish that brings to mind notes of warm cherry. Although still very young, the structure and balance of this wine makes it compelling to taste now and bodes well for age-ability. This will be one of the star vintages of the decade.
The 2016 Syrah is deep garnet-purple colored with lifted black cherries, black berries and blueberry compote with notions of olives, herbs, peppered salami and violets. The palate is full, rich and seductive with firm, rounded tannins and layers of perfumed fruit, finishing very long.
The 2018 Red Blend O.P.C. races out of the glass with an exotic mélange of red cherry, raspberry, rose petals, cinnamon and blood orange. The tannins are potent, but there is just enough fruit to balance things out. Give it a few years to soften.
The 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon 20th Anniversary bottling displays a deep garnet-purple color and bold scents of crème de cassis, blackberry preserves and black cherry compote with fragrant wafts of underbrush, lavender, chocolate box and wild sage. The full-bodied palate is densely packed with bright, energetic black fruits, supported by firm, grainy tannins and bold freshness, finishing long with loads of floral and mineral sparks.
The 2018 Proprietary Red shows blackberry, black cherry and espresso on the nose. The palate entry is silky and focused, showcasing currant, crushed blackberries, graphite, and roasted poblano pepper through an enduring finish.
Stunning color in the glass, an electrifying nose showcases black currants, cassis, cigar box and red fruit. The palate is opulent, plush and structured with integrated sweet tannins showcasing notes of dark blackberry, black cherry, and bittersweet chocolate dance through an everlasting and strong finish.
This powerful, dense, concentrated effort needs bottle age but is an incredibly impressive 2017. Giving up lots of chocolaty dark fruits, violets, Asian spices, and loamy soils , it has a big, mouth filling mid-palate, ripe tannins, and a great finish. Try to hide the bottle for 4-5 years, but it should evolve for two decades.