France in Napa

The thing I’ve learned about Maltus wines is they’re always really subdued up front in areas the 99 consider while the background swells with things the true snobs appreciate, which tells you a lot about the French background. From a California perspective, at first you’re like, Oh this is really laid back and restrained, and then you think about the wine making regime and the history and you’re more like, Oh okay so they’re not letting all the flabby stuff hang out there like California does.

Here we have a 13, VINTAGE OF THE DECADE of course and everything I’ve ever had from 13 is huge and over-the-top and this thing is acidic tannic tight and the fruit is literally NOT the first thing that hits you. Sparing while concentrated, this is about as French as you can get in the Napa Valley.

2013 WORLD’S END Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 14.5

www.maltus.com

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