While Cabernet Sauvignon can sometimes be difficult to ripen in Pemberton's cool climate, the region has shown that both Cabernet Franc and Merlot can do well here and Picardy's right bank inspired blend of 52% Merlot, 27% Cabernet Sauvignon and 21% Cabernet Franc (and which is only made when conditions allow) is a gorgeous, medium-bodied yet structured wine.
Winemaker Dan Pannell (son of founders Bill and Sandra) likes to co-ferment the Cabernet Franc either with the Merlot or Cabernet Sauvignon to enhance integration. The wine is hand plunged three times a day during fermentation before being matured in new and old barriques for 12 months. Like the Tête De Cuvée it's worth giving this a quick decant now or you can still be enjoying this wine 10 plus years from now.
A mix of dark and red cherries, red licorice, plums, and raspberries. Oak is subservient. It's soft and supple - more round than linear. It actually grows more structured with every sip, suggesting it's way too early to be opened. Quite uncanny. Definitely needs to be decanted. Latent class.
92 points, The Real Review (November 2019)
Aromas of dried, spiced plums with violets. There’s a gently leafy edge, too, which follows through to the palate with elegant, light red-berry flavor, set in fine tannins. A blend of 52% merlot, 27% cabernet sauvignon and 21% cabernet franc.
90 points, JamesSuckling.com (April 2020)