(39% cabernet franc, 33% cabernet sauvignon, 17% petit verdot and 11% merlot): Bright medium red. Pungent aromas of red berries, blueberry and sandalwood lifted by a violet high tone. Very pure and penetrating, boasting superb fruit intensity and precision. Finishes firmly tannic, perfumed and very long, with excellent vinosity and grip. A lovely pure expression of Ciel du Cheval terroir, this wine is still a baby and should be at its best in five or six years.
Showing more spice box, graphite, resin, dried flowers and both red and black fruits, the 2010 Ciel du Cheval Vineyard (39% Cabernet Franc, 33% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Petit Verdot and 11% Merlot) is medium to full-bodied, rich and mouth-filling, with solid mid-palate depth, juicy acidity and ample tannin. Possessing the richness and texture that’s present in all of Ben’s wines, it can be enjoyed now or cellared for 5-7 years. Drink now-2022+.
*Cellar Selection* This Bordeaux-style blend showcases the intensity of the vineyard’s grapes, with aromatics suggesting bright berries and iron filings. It’s still a tight, compact wine, sharply acidic, and will require further bottle age to really deliver on its potential. Try after 2018.
Fresh and vibrant, this deftly balances its red berry, floral and lime flavors in a sleek package. Refined tannins run under a lively finish. Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot and Merlot. Best from 2016 through 2019. 430 cases made.
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