Cervantes Blacktail Proprietary Red 2019

Critical Acclaim: 96 pts Robert Parker's Wine Advocate; 95 pts James Suckling; 93 pts Jeb Dunnuck. 

Tasting Notes: "We don't have anything in mind about what the final blend will be each year," winemaker Andy Erickson said about this Blacktail blend. "We want to create something that is unique to the place this year." The 2019 Blacktail Proprietary Red Blend MMXIX is produced from 41% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Cabernet Franc, 17% Malbec, 22% Petite Sirah and 11% Petit Verdot. Deep garnet-purple in color, it sings of exotic spices—fenugreek, cloves, star anise, and cinnamon stick—over a core of plum preserves, warm cassis and incense, plus a touch of forest forest floor. The medium to full-bodied palate is packed full of bright, juicy fruit, supported by taut, grainy tannins, finishing very long and layered."- Robert Parker's Wine Advocate. 

"Cassis, tamarind, ripe fruit, dark chocolate, rust and fine spices. Fleshy and rich, but focused on the palate, with really fine-grained tannins that seep through the full-bodied palate that’s full of dark berries. Plush, very flavorful and long. 41% cabernet sauvignon, 22% petite sirah, 17% malbec, 11% petit verdot and 9% cabernet franc. Drink or hold."- James Suckling. 

"The 2019 Proprietary Blend Blacktail is 41% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Petite Sirah, 17% Malbec, 11% Petit Verdot, and the rest Cabernet Franc. This kitchen sink-like blend has tons of character and is medium to full-bodied, with ripe yet firmer tannins, lots of red and blue fruits, and complex, expressive notes of spicy oak, graphite, and scorched earth. Give it a year or three and enjoy over the following decade."- Jeb Dunnuck. 

Varietal: 41% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Petite Sirah, 17% Malbec, 11% Petit Verdot and 9% Cabernet Franc. 

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