2014 Cenyth Proprietary Red

Year: 2014
Appellation: Sonoma County
Country: USA-California
Wine Advocate: 93
Vinous Media: 91
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 13.5%
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25% Merlot, 60% Cabernet Franc, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 5% Malbec

"The 2014 is a beauty, with plenty of finesse, forest floor, floral blueberry notes, silky tannins, medium to full body, high energy, a vibrant mouthfeel, and a long crisp finish with loads of blue and black fruits. It should drink nicely for 15 or more years.

Both of these wines are dominated by Cabernet Franc, each a blend of about 60% Cabernet Franc, with the 2014 having 25% Merlot, whereas the 2015 has 20%, with the rest Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec. The grapes come primarily from Chalk Hill, but with smaller quantities of fruit from the Jackson Estate vineyards in Bennett Valley, Knights Valley and Alexander Valley. The daughter of Pierre Seillan, Hélène, makes these wines in an elegant, almost St.-Emilion Cheval Blanc style." (WA)

"The 2014 Red Wine (Sonoma County) has turned out beautifully. Ripe, luscious and voluptuous to the core, the 2014 exudes richness and concentration. The high percentage of Cabernet Franc give the wine its lifted aromatics, while the Merlot adds softness and juiciness throughout. With a little aeration, the 2014 can be enjoyed with minimal cellaring. The 2014 spent ten months in oak, about 30% new." (VM)

Winery Notes:
Old world style, showcasing a ruby core moving to a pinkish-purple outer rim. Initial aromas are of high-toned red fruit: wild young strawberries, just-picked raspberries and cherries yield to a second, more brooding layer of black currant and plums. Through the lifted floral expression of violets, damson and lilacs, an earth-driven bouquet emerges, showing iron, clay, and a loamy volcanic ash. Seamless in its structural integrity, Cenyth is an expansive, silky expression of tannins that will age gracefully for the next 10-15 years.-December 2016