Brand’s hallmark wine, from estate vineyard N°92 on Pritchard Hill, balances beauty and finesse with intensity and structure. It’s a cool site well-suited to slow-ripening Cabernet Franc. The grapes are meticulously sorted and minimally handled to preserve the aromatic elegance of the grape. Select barrels of Cabernet Sauvignon add energy and lift to the blend. Aged in French oak barrels for 22 months, the wine is bottled unfined and unfiltered. The wine is delicious now and has the structure to age gracefully for many years to come.
“Coming from blocks located at 1,300 feet elevation in a protected saddle on Pritchard Hill, the 2017 Proprietary Blend is blended of 65% Cabernet Franc and 35% Cabernet Sauvignon and was fermented in stainless steel. It aged 22 months in French oak and was bottled unfined and unfiltered. Deep garnet-purple colored, it prances out of the glass with notes of kirsch, redcurrant jelly, mulberries and wild blueberries with touches of rose hip tea, star anise, candied violets and pencil shavings. Medium to full-bodied, the palate features an impressively plush texture and seamless freshness, finishing long with gorgeous fragrant earth scents. 496 cases were made.”
95 points, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, Oct 2019