Big and Inviting, the 2016 Coeur de Vigne flashes hints of cedar, Bing cherry, cocoa powder and baking spices. There is a seamless arch to the wine that begins on entry and carries the experience all the way through to the finish. Velvety tannins are well integrated and sweet ripe plums flavors combine with a savory character to give the wine’s texture weight and density.
Blend: 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Merlot, 19% Cabernet Franc, 5% Malbec, 2% Petite Verdot
In the same ballpark, the 2016 Estate Coeur De Vigne checks in as 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Merlot, 19% Cabernet Franc, and the rest Malbec and Petit Verdot, all of which spent 21 months in 60% new French oak. As with the Cabernet, it has an old school, textbook bouquet of green herbs, ripe tobacco, cedar, and new leather. It has a touch of green, but it’s varietal, not vegetal. More chocolate and black fruits emerge with time in the glass, and it’s medium to full-bodied, has a tight, backward vibe on the palate, and outstanding length. Rating: 92(+)
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