New York Wine Experience Trip; 10/14/2014-10/21/2014 (New York City, NY): This heavily-extracted, opaque crimson wine is a blend of 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc. Very ripe on the nose and palate, it delivers dark bramble fruits, currants, bittersweet chocolate, anise and tobacco in a full-bodied, freshly acidic frame. The alcohol is nicely integrated while the substantial tannins are a bit gritty. This wine was vinified with at least 18 months in 100% new French oak, and the oak component is certainly present; however, in this case, the oak is complementary rather than detrimental. Mouth-coating in the middle and long on the finish, this iteration of Valandraud is delicious but will require some cellar time to soften its tannins and integrate its components. Drink 2020-2040.
Produced from an assemblage of 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc, the wine will be aged in 100% new oak and reached 14.5% alcohol. From yields that average of 32.5 hectoliters per hectare, the wine is deep in color with licorice, black cherry, smoke and oak scents that open to a finesse style of Valandraud. Lush in texture, the wine ends with an opulent, sweet, ripe black cherry finish. 92-94 Pts
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