Difficult to find a wine naturally created or chemically concocted that can replicate this superbly long-aged and rarefied estate Cabernet. This garnet-hued gem is a chameleonic marvel that always yields a fascinating luxury experience.
2010 Au Natural aged for over three years in neutral barrels – with minimal intervention. The unwavering level of patience in the natural straw-bale winery is part of the reason Carmody McKnight has earned a global cult following.
Every sip brings fathomless depth and luxurious, constantly evolving layers of exoticism that introduce you to a new spectrum of flavors. Absent locked-in chemical flavors, taste-judging a pure, natural wine should ideally be pursued on multiple separate sessions. This allows the complete experience of the delightfully diverse natural characteristics of this top of the class Cabernet.
Pronounced and complex nose reveals primary aromas of ripe black plum, cooked redcurrant, bramble, raisin, roasted green bell pepper, licorice, menthol and fresh mint.
Light secondary aromas and flavors tantalize, including baked brioche.
Tertiary aromas and flavors of warm walnut oil, toasted pecan, cloves, dried cranberry, cooked red plum, tar, leather, earth, chocolate and forest floor.
The medium body, ripe tannic structure exists in perfect symmetry with a medium level acidity, remarkable for depth and complexity yet with balance and restraint. A long finish lingers forever with dried cranberry, leather and chocolate.
Harvest Date: November, 2010
Blend: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Block 5: 4 tons/acre
Oak: 70% French, 30% American, neutral
Case Production: 320
Drink: Now – 2026