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Brilliant, deep ruby color. The aromatics are very intense offering scents of red and black cherry and five spice with supporting notes of boysenberry, cassis, slate, and red currant. The palate confirms the nose delivering a red and black fruits-driven core with flavors of black fruits, dried herbs, raspberry, and mineral. The finish is long and lingering with supple yet dry tannins. Full bodied and nicely balanced with an opulent texture. Made with a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon 76%, Cabernet Franc 12%, and Merlot 12%.
$60 – 4 Stars – 92 points
Brilliant, deep ruby color. The aromatics are very intense offering scents of cassis and black cherry with supporting notes of blackberry, wet stones, and sweet oak. The palate echoes the nose delivering a black fruit-driven core with flavors of black fruits, baking spices, and plum. The finish is long and lingering with silky tannins and vanilla bean. Full-bodied and nicely balanced with a silky, rich texture.
$50 – 4 Stars – 92 points
Brilliant, medium golden straw color. The aromatics are very intense offering scents of white peach and passion fruit with supporting notes of spring flowers, citrus zest, and candied ginger. The palate confirms the nose delivering a ripe orchard fruits-driven core with flavors of tropical fruits, lemon grass, and jasmine. The finish is long and lingering with bright citrus notes. Medium to full-bodied and perfectly balanced with a vibrant yet luscious texture. Made with a blend of Semillon 52% and Sauvignon Blanc 48%. We love well-done Semillon forward wine.
$35 – 4 Stars – 91 points
2014 Napa Valley Zinfandel Fragrant with blackberry, lavender and mint, this zesty, high-toned wine raises the question: Why are many great Napa Valley zinfandels more delicate than their Sonoma cousins when the valley’s cabernets tend to be more tannic and vast? This one is fresh and clean, without lacking intensity. It would make a great partner with duck sugo. — Reviewed by Joshua Greene.
By Laurie Jo Miller Farr
Ameri-Brit writer | SATW | USA Today, Where Traveler, Haute Living, Google Touring Bird, CBS Travel, Far & Wide, Food & Travel, The Travel Vertical...
"Sometimes you *can* tell a book by its cover, certainly one that’s this compelling. What a treat. Drinking in the story—as told by the #winemakers—of The Lost Chapters from J. McClelland Cellars. Each release exists only by virtue of being so special and each volume builds upon the story over the years. Three brands of superb #napavalley wines from #jmcluxuryportfolio by Paul Scotto and Mitch Cosentino also includes 50 Harvests; #wines exceptionally paired thanks to #Perbacco Chef/Owner @staffanterje"