Jeb Dunnuck 96 Points: “Lots of red, black, and blue fruits as well as notes of iron, bouquet garni, and chocolate emerge from the 2018 Red Wine Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyard. Medium to full-bodied, it has a ripe yet balanced, concentrated mouthfeel, ripe tannins, and beautiful length on the finish. As with all the wines from Morgado, it brings loads of pleasure and is already a joy to drink.”
Robert Parker 96 Points: “A blend of 50% Merlot and 50% Cabernet Franc, the 2018 Sugarloaf Mountain Proprietary Red has a deep garnet-purple color, offering up a stunning perfume of black cherries, black raspberries and mulberries with hints of roses, fragrant earth and pencil shavings plus a touch of lavender. The full-bodied palate is rich, velvety and multi-layered, delivering impressive energy with a fantastically fragrant finish. This wine was aged for 22 months in 100% new French oak. It has an alcohol of 15.9%. 250 cases were made.”
Tasting Notes: From the rocky exposed face of Sugarloaf Mountain, this marriage of Merlot and Cabernet Franc offers aromas of fresh from the oven German Chocolate cake (with a Bing cherry glaze). Heritage leather, bay leaf, and pipe tobacco wrap around a core of sun-dried cherries, persimmon, and end of season plum. Mouthwatering acidity carries the density of this wine and delivers the minerality and polished tannins from start to finish. While delicious upon release, this wine possesses a mystically restrained core that will reveal itself opulently over decades.
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