Beautiful nose of soft, floral, perfume and maybe a touch of red fruit or pomegranate. The palate is soft and smooth and integrated with clean integrated black fruit. I wish I had more. Just purchased the 11' with high hopes.
The first of four bottles purchased from FP. This was decanted for 90 minutes with no appreciable sediment. This is a very vibrant and seductive wine. It is as smooth as a baby’s butt showing good balance, concentration, and length without being overdone. Despite being a merlot dominant blend, this comes off for me as clearly a WA style with no right bank pretense. I don’t get the feeling that it will change significantly, either for the better or worse although I do think it can gain in flavor delineation and definition in the coming 2-3 years and last easily through this decade. This is quite well made for near and mid term drinking and should provide a great deal of enjoyment.
Silky tannins drape classy black fruit, cedar and a touch of vanilla like a cashmere blanket. Classic warm vintage friendliness in a merlot-dominated blend (mer 57% with CF and CS at 19% ea). Has the bearing suitable to its price point. Would buy again.
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(Lauren Ashton Cellars Cuvee Arlette Red Mountain) Announces itself aromatically with toasty oak spices, red currant, floral notes, milk chocolate, and light herbal tones. The palate is medium bodied with silky fruit flavors and abundant oak accents. 57% Merlot, 19% Cabernet Franc, 19% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2.5% Malbec, 2.5% Petit Verdot. Red Haven Vineyard. Aged 30 months in French oak. 14.9% alcohol. 116 cases produced. Sample provided by winery.
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