Valerie scored this wine: 92/100
Glenn Fawcett, President of Black Hills Estate, said that this was the best year for brix in the vineyard. This vintage is made from Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc, respectively. A developing, medium intensity wine, I was immediately surprised with hints of mint/eucalyptus in this wine! It was great to detect that herbaceousness in a Cabernet Sauvignon from the interior. Resinous spices danced around the red fruits and notes of earth, tobacco leaf, and leather. On the palate, this dry wine is medium bodied, and has a medium intensity with mocha, dried spices, dirt, and notes of olive. This was the top pick at the Vertical Tasting, and now you know why!