This is a blend of 37% Cabernet Sauvignon, 34% Merlot, and 29% Cabernet Franc.  Another project made by Thomas Rivers Brown.  This is a gorgeous Bordeaux blend.  I know that many critics have worried about the 2017 vintage and while the fires are a legitimate concern, I have been loving them and especially the Cab Franc and Merlot.  I loved this even more than the 2015 which I scored 97 (reviews are on this site). Deep ruby in color.  Mostly opaque and bright.  Just a great nose.  Black raspberries, black cherries, slight green tobacco, slight mocha and some baking spices.  On the palate, this is very concentrated.  Ripe black cherries, some black licorice, some cassis and slight oak.  Medium tannins.  Long finish.  This will need about five to seven years to integrate and should drink quite well after that.  Not French in style or comparison, but an impressive blend of ripe, not over ripe fruit.  It should last a couple of decades.  This needs air if drinking now and will need roasts or grilled foods but should broaden in terms of food pairings as it develops.  

Grade: 
A+
Score: 
98
Vintage: 
2017

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