The Wine Advocate
This classic Bordeaux-style wine opens with intense aromatics of caramel, dark fruits and a hint of vanilla. Blackberry and dark chocolate flavors on the palate lead to a soft but powerful and complex finish, lingering with notes of exotic spices. This wine is sheer elegance.
Blend: 53% Merlot, 36% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Cabernet Franc
Total Acidity 0.60 g/100 ml
Alcohol Content: 14.5%
Barrel Aging: 6-9 days on the skins, 10 days to finish alcoholic fermentation, 4 weeks malolactic fermentation in barrels.
The 2010 vintage was cooler than the past vintages; bud break arrived on schedule in early April, but a cool, wet spring delayed flowering and reduced fruit set across many varieties.
An unusually cool summer produced dramatic differences in ripening between warmer and cooler sites, with veraison extending into September in some cooler areas.
However, naturally low yields, combined with over a month of consistently warm weather from late September through late October, produced phenolic ripeness and flavor development with extraordinary natural acidity.
Cool, wet weather returned in late October, an appropriate bookend to a challenging harvest.
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