2018 Ovid Winery Proprietary Red Napa ValleyBlend from United States
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The 2018s and 2019s from Ovid are absolutely exquisite. That said, the wines require a major palate re-set, as Winemaker Austin Peterson has implemented a number of changes her...
- 96+ Antonio Galloni - Vinous
96+ Antonio Galloni - Vinous
The 2018 Ovid is pretty tightly wound today. In fact, it seems to have closed quite a bit since I last tasted it about a year ago. That won't be an issue in time, but it is something readers should keep in mind. There's terrific depth and resonance, all the 2018 needs is cellaring.
The 2018s and 2019s from Ovid are absolutely exquisite. That said, the wines require a major palate re-set, as Winemaker Austin Peterson has implemented a number of changes here in recent years that are just starting to truly make themselves felt in the wines. In the early days, the Ovid wines were typical of a style popular at the time that prized opulence and richness. A few years ago, Peterson began picking the vineyard when sections were ripe, rather than strictly block by block. Harvest dates moved up. Peterson eliminated cold soaks and extended macerations, along with reducing new oak. The result of all that work is felt in the 2018s, but even more so in the 2019s. Peterson describes 2018 as warmer than 2019. In tasting, I found the 2019s to have more body as well as greater vibrancy than the 2018s. Of course, the wines are at different stages of their evolution, so we will see in another years' time. What is clear is that these wines are positively stellar across the board. - Vinous
96+ - Antonio Galloni - Vinous
|Varietal(s)||Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Petit Verdot|
|Taste||currant, blackberry, cherry, bell pepper, olive, asparagus, spice, ginger, oak, vanilla, tobacco, raspberry, cassis, violet, pepper, green bean, black cherry, plum, smoke, toast, tar, lead, cedar, molasses and dark fruit|
|Nose||currant, blackberry, cherry, cedar, cigar box, tobacco, broccoli, berry, flower, violet, rose, truffle, earth, coffee, leather, mocha and vanilla|