2013 Ao Yun, China (Previously $300) SKU #1280868

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"Proud Cloud" in Tibetan. This is the first vintage and it is quite good. A Bordeaux blend of 90% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Cabernet Franc. Grown at 8000 feet in the Himalayas and only 50 miles from Burma. It is a nine-hour jeep drive from Shanri-La. The air is so thin that fermentation is quite an effort. But the wine is very good and exceptionally rare. Recently praised by the Washington Post's David McIntyre: "The 2013 Ao Yun, the wine to be released in September, is Cabernet Sauvignon blended with 10% Cabernet Franc. It is supple and energetic, carrying deep black-fruit flavors and a refreshing acidity that disguises its rather high (15%) alcohol by volume. I tasted my sample two hours after decanting over the next two days; it was ripe and lush, yet without the fatness and overripe flavors that afflict so many high-end New World Cabernets. And it kept getting better — a sign of a lively wine that should have a long life. It lived up to its name, and its story." (7/2/2016) And Food & Wine's Ray Isle was also impressed: "To cut to the chase, the 2013 Ao Yun red tastes pretty damn impressive." (6/30/2016)


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