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This is the Reserve offering from the same producer as N.17 2018 Napa Valley Cabernet and, of course, is produced with the same Bordelais sensibility. Its also the most expensive wine I have purchased to date but well worth it.
As a refresher, this wine is produced from an organically-farmed estate vineyard sandwiched between Atlas Peak and Oak Knoll and situated on a broad, gravelly alluvial fan that straddles one of the creek drainages coming off of Atlas Peak and Mount George. Producing less than 2 tons to the acre, this particular bottling showcases the small but intensely flavored berries of the Clone 337 Cabernet smuggled in from Bordeaux by impatient vintners in the 1980's.
The small berries of the Clone 337 are immediately evident in this virtually opaque, black hole of a Cabernet. Its remarkably aromatic however, brooding at first with dark plum, graphite, blackberry and kirschy cassis notes but then, with just a little air, its quickly lifted by beautifully integrated florals that sing out from the glass. Dark earth and clay, cedar and mocha underpin the higher-toned fruits and round out the aromas. Gorgeous. Seamless on entry, lip-smacking minerality is deftly balanced against a wave of robust, blackberry-slathered tannins in a long, pure, resounding finish. Classically-styled, this wine will age gracefully for another 20+ years in a proper cellar.
100% new French oak but you wouldn't know - very tight grain.350 cases produced15.9% alc.Bottled June 19th, 2020
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