Their exercise with a Cabernet Franc-dominated wine, the 2013 Hexameter (a 500-case blend of 64% Cabernet Franc, 22% Cabernet Sauvignon and 14% Merlot) is pushing perfection. Its beautiful notes of acacia flowers, forest floor, blackberries and blueberries interwoven with touches of barrique, licorice and spice are followed by an even more intense and complex palate with silky, ripe tannins, opulent, full-bodied texture, and beautiful purity. A “wow” wine in so many different aspects, this multi-dimensional classic should age beautifully for 20 or more years. (RP) The wines of Ovid have been extraordinary since I first tasted them. This is not a big property, just a mere 15 acres, high on Pritchard Hill. Winemaker Austin Peterson gets consulting help from Andy Erickson, and my recollection is that Michel Rolland also provided assistance at some point. Viticulturalist to the superstars, David Abreu, manages the vineyard. Everything they do is fermented in concrete tanks except for the Syrah, and the wines typically spend just under two years in mostly new oak and are bottled with minimal, if any, clarification. All of these wines obviously display great fragrance, purity and incredible equilibrium/balance. (RP)
Cabernet Franc takes center stage in the 2013 Hexameter. Mocha, dark red cherry, leather, spice and floral notes are beautifully layered in a deeply expressive wine endowed with real pedigree and class. The 2013 is starting to flesh out, but it is still a few years away from offering its best drinking. The blend is 64% Cabernet Franc, 22% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Merlot. 96+ Points (AG)
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