2014 Lauren Ashton Cellars Cuvee EstelleBlend from United States
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- 93 International Wine Report
- 92 Jeb Dunnuck - jebdunnuck.com
93 International Wine Report
"The 2014 'Cuvée Estelle' is a blend of largely Merlot with lesser parts Cabernet Sauvignon and the faintest hints of Petit Verdot and Malbec. Dark and brooding in the glass, this shows a highly perfumed aromatic profile of black tea, Asian spices, cigar shavings and mocha with lighter dark fruit tones currently secondary. The palate shows a marvelous texture, as Dr. Kit Singh has captured a wonderful mouthfeel here that beautifully compliments the Merlot character. Milk chocolate covered cherry, spicebox, tar and blueberry compote flavors come to mind. A complete wine, this is nearly impossible to resist right now but the ‘Cuvee Estelle’ will cellar marvelously for a decade or more."
92 Jeb Dunnuck - jebdunnuck.com
"The 2014 Cuvée Estelle checks in as a blend of 83% Merlot, 16% Cabernet Sauvignon, and the rest Petit Verdot and Malbec that spent 36 months in neutral barrels. Deep purple-colored and loaded with notions of blueberries, violets, sappy herbs, and violets, it hits the palate with medium to full-bodied richness, well-integrated acidity, and fine tannin. It's a fresh, lively, downright pretty wine. Give it a year or so to integrate its oak and it's going to keep for 10-15 years."
93 - International Wine Report
92 - Jeb Dunnuck - jebdunnuck.com
|Varietal(s)||Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Malbec|
|Taste||currant, black cherry, plum, bell pepper, olive, oak, smoke, toast, tar, blackberry, cherry, asparagus, spice, ginger, vanilla, lead, cedar, molasses, dark fruit, pepper, earth, green and mocha|
|Nose||violet, rose, truffle, earth, coffee, leather, currant, blackberry, cherry, cedar, cigar box, mocha, vanilla, tobacco and spice|