2017 Gandona Encosta Cabernet SauvignonBlend from United States
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- 92 Antonio Galloni - Vinous
- 92 Lisa Perrotti-Brown - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
- 90 Jeb Dunnuck - jebdunnuck.com
92 Antonio Galloni - Vinous
"The 2017 Encosta is a gorgeous second wine from Gandona. Rich, ample and super-expressive, it possesses tremendous resonance and power. Black cherry, bittersweet chocolate, spice, menthol and tobacco give this rich, concentrated Cabernet-based red tremendous nuance. This is a fabulous second wine - in fact, in 2017 Encosta is better than many first labels. The 2017 packs a serious punch."
92 Lisa Perrotti-Brown - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
"The 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Encosta, fermented 89% in concrete and 11% in stainless, is blended of 77.95% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12.44% Cabernet Franc and 9.61% Petite Verdot aged 20 months in 59.4% new French oak. Deep purple-black in color, it sings of dark chocolate, spice box and cedar chest over a core of cassis, blackberry pie and kirsch plus suggestions of menthol and tapenade. Medium-bodied, the palate has great freshness and energy, with a firm, grainy frame and a long fruity finish. 730 cases produced."
90 Jeb Dunnuck - jebdunnuck.com
What could be thought of as the entry-level wine of the estate, the 2017 Encosta (78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Cabernet Franc, and the balance Petit Verdot) is a solid effort with its textbook aromatics (cassis, tobacco, spring flowers), medium-bodied richness and depth, light tannins, and forward, charming, delicious style.
92 - Antonio Galloni - Vinous
92 - Lisa Perrotti-Brown - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
90 - Jeb Dunnuck - jebdunnuck.com
|Varietal(s)||Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot|
|Taste||currant, blackberry, cherry, bell pepper, olive, asparagus, spice, ginger, oak, vanilla, tobacco, raspberry, cassis, violet, pepper, green bean, lead, cedar, molasses and dark fruit|
|Nose||currant, blackberry, cherry, cedar, cigar box, tobacco, broccoli, berry, flower, mocha, leather and vanilla|