Winery Notes: ”These wines were aged for a total of 18 months in French oak barrels, approximately 70-75% of which were new. In a reversal of his typical strategy, George Hendry relied on Cabernet for the base of this blend, at 48%, with the remaining varieties in equal percentages at 13% each. Opaque purple-ruby. Cabernet is prominent in the pleasant aromatics, as expected, leaning toward dark fruit, with the spice, smoke, and cedar of the oak underpinnings just detectable behind round, dried-blueberry-like purple fruit. On the palate, tannins are soft at first, gradually building.
Varietals: All Estate-grown – 48% Cabernet Sauvignon (Block 8) 13% Petit Verdot (Block 15) 13% Cabernet Franc (Block 26) 13% Malbec (Block 14) 13% Merlot (Block 13)
FMW 95 Points: “Dazzling black stone fruit and chocolate aromas jump out of the glass on impact. This Bordeaux blend offers deep dark color, with intense aromatics and concentration. The fruit is 100% sourced from the Hendry Estate in the Napa Valley. This Cabernet-based blend is concentrated, powerful, yet silky smooth, with a lush and creamy texture on the mid-palate offering up cacao, blueberries, and anise flavors, and its loaded flavors show intense depth, that leads to a long but silky finish with fine-grained tannins. This wine is drinking well now and should do so for a decade.
Food Suggestions: Pair with cheeses and meats, moderately rich braised dishes, such as pot roast, braised short ribs or a hearty beef and mushroom stew. Retains its flavor and structure with rich, meaty foods, and shows its softer, fruitier side with full-flavored cheeses. It will pair with almost anything you like with red wine. A strong candidate for the cellar, the structure of this wine should allow it to age with grace and become even more lovely and nuanced over time
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