2013 Corliss – 95 pts Stephen Tanzer
“Bright ruby-red. Multifaceted nose offers aromas of currant, black cherry, cranberry, cocoa powder, licorice and Belgian chocolate, plus hint of tarry, earthy reduction. Wonderfully plush and utterly seamless, showing more obvious early sweetness than the Cabernet Sauvignon to its fine-grained dark fruit, chocolate and nutty oak flavors. An aromatically seductive wine of outstanding energy and finesse, this beauty finishes with noble, edge-free tannins that slowly saturate the front teeth. Should be fabulous upon its release in 2018.” -Stephen Tanzer
The 2013 growing season was off to a very warm start. A welcomed cool change in September slowed the rate of sugar accumulation within the berries, allowing additional hang time on the vine and development of flavor. We began harvesting our Bordeaux varieties in mid-September, and meticulously sorted the fruit into oak and concrete fermenters. Gentle pumping over of the cap during fermentation helped build structure and concentration into the wine. Following an extended time on skins, free-run juice was gravity-drained, and the skins lightly pressed into new and once-used French oak barriques. The most outstanding components were selected to produce a five-varietal flagship blend that is powerful, balanced and complete, epitomizing the Corliss style.
Layered aromas of blackcurrant, rose petal, cocoa and graphite are infused with deep notes of cassis, black olive, cedar and sage. The palate shows excellent textural depth with a seamless progression from plush, juicy dark fruit flavors to powerful earth-driven and herbaceous characters. Fine and persistent tannins, along with a dense and supple texture, make this a complete wine, with impeccable balance and energy.
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