The black core shows the power of this wine, and its extended time in barrel is reflected in the brickish red rim. The nose is delicately nuanced but potent nevertheless, with concentrated black currant and cassis framing uplifted minerally/loamy red fruit with notes of leather and smoke. The aromatic evolution adds cedar, black cherry, and mocha/chocolate to the mix, but the overall shifting and changing aromas are a hint of more to come. Full-bodied on the palate and richly textured, with nicely grained tannins supporting nuanced black cherry fruit and chocolatey oak in a long, youthful finish just beginning to reveal itself.
Be sure to decant for a couple hours for your drinking pleasure in the short term.
Style: Full, Smooth
Flavors: Cherry, Oak, Tannins
Red Mountain is a region better known for structure and power than ultra-ripe fruit, and Lot 613 is no exception. It comes to us from a historic family-owned estate and is very much an “old school” Cabernet (something you Bordeaux lovers out there will appreciate).
Sourced directly from the producing winery’s flagship Reserve offering, this is a prime example of Red Mountain terroir, and 28 months in barrel (60% new oak) has done a fantastic job of integrating the big structure of this wine and bringing the fruit forward. It’s the perfect wine for pairing with a thick, juicy steak, and will also cellar gracefully for another 15+ years.