Oakville Splendor

Dark dried garnet, staining orange.  Honey-baked ham and wildflower tincture run thick with dank mint driven deep into worn out work boots. The concentrated oak directs sauced onion and jelly-donut frosting into a savory stillness dripping with luxury.

If you read wine-blogs, you surely have read something along the lines of “everything in the bouquet translates perfectly across to the flavor”.  Fairly common, and is code for: “I have absolutely no idea what I am doing and know nothing about wine and I’m tired of writing because it’s hard so pour me another glass let’s get drunk YAY!” I was reminded of this phrase as I tasted this wine, because it goes a completely opposite direction  on the tongue.  Shockingly so.  Where I was almost anticipating oxidation and flabbiness in the nose, this thing churns out the brilliant young fresh life all over upon tasting.

In the mouth, bright zingy sarsaparilla and lemon-lime blast ridiculous amounts of fruit in all directions.  Peaks of spice and acid churn the scalp, and the prettiest clean pure cherry fruit bond-beams the entire center together.  Sweet-bitter gradually creeps into the finish–thin, even: nowhere NEAR as concentrated as the nose might have hinted–adding even more life to a wine positively jumping with youthful vigor.  Dark smoky candied fruit appears far into the finish, wrapping and sealing the whole package in full circle.

This wine isn’t cheap, and is made in extremely small quantities, but it is definitely one to watch.

2014 SPOTO Private Reserve Cab/ME/CF/Bec 76/10/11/3 Oakville Napa Valley 14.6


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