More refined and elegant, the 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Artist Series #19 is 84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Merlot, and the balance Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot and was aged 20 months in 50% new French oak. Very classic on the nose, with plenty of black currant, tobacco leaf, chocolate, cedar and herbs, it is medium to full-bodied, seamless and perfectly balanced, with a light fresh texture that conceals underlying ripe tannin. Enjoy it over the coming 12-15 years. Drink now-2028. Owned and run by long time Walla Walla Vintner Rick Small, with the wines made by Kevin Mott, this estate produces classic, elegant wines that have lots of oak, yet the fruit to handle it. In addition to the 2010s reviewed here, I was able to taste through a full lineup of 2012s, all of which showed well and in line with the reviews here. Due to the timing of my visit, I wasn’t able to get a look at the 2011s, and I’ll report on those this time next year. (JD)
Liquorous and tight, this opens into a rich and full mid-palate loaded with smoky cassis and tar, accented with aromas of cedar and tobacco. The taste and track record suggest at least a decade of further aging is necessary. *Cellar Selection*
Delicate, charming, blackcurrant nose -- minty and lively. Supple but concentrated, with a somewhat baked character and a bright, toasty finish. (SB)
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