James Suckling 92 points
A succulent, fruity wine with currants, berries and lemon rind. Flowers, too. Medium-bodied, fresh and clean. Cedar undertones to this. Lively. Drink now or hold.
The estate is on the site of the Helms Vineyard and winery that was first built in the 19th Century. Now, the estate produces a range of premium single-vineyard wines from Cabernet Sauvignon, using strict organic farming principles.
Winemaker’s Notes: “Primarily sourced from the Hershey Vineyard at 1,800ft elevation on Howell Mountain. A deep maroon complexion with hues of violet hints at the intensity of the 2013 vintage from first glance. Aromas of Tahitian vanilla and truffle spring forth accompanied by notes of blackcurrant and plum. These scents meld into flavors of black cherry, cassis, and fresh blackberry on the expansive palate. The coating espresso bean entry yields to a generous and lush flow of youthful yet integrated tannins making for a lengthy and seamless finish. An exceptional expression of a vintage that is sure to please today and for years to come. Blend: 89% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Malbec, 3% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot “
Stored on it’s side in a climate controlled cellar since purchase.