The Left Bank-style/Cabernet-dominated wine is the 2014 Sestina, and in 2014 it's a blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc. Cassis, licorice, violets, lead pencil shavings and hints of herbs all give way to a layered, full-bodied, multi-dimensional wine that has sweet tannin and a great finish. It's about as voluptuous and sexy a wine as Chris has ever made. (JD)
Bright ruby-red. Aromas of plum, dark berries, bitter chocolate, graphite and earth. Compellingly sweet, plush, suave wine with intense dark fruit and spice flavors clarified and enlivened by excellent integrated acidity. Really superb brambly New World fruit leads to a brisk, gripping back end featuring serious but fine-grained mouthcoating tannins and terrific length and lift. I retasted the 2013 bottling next to this beauty and its tannins were less pliant and refined. Chris Peterson describes the 2014s as "bigger wines, with sweeter fruit than the 2013s." The earlier vintage, he told me, "drinks cooler than 2014." The pHs were higher in '13 but grape sugars were lower, he said, adding that "the 2013s show more elegance than the 2012s."
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2013 Chateau Ste. Michelle "Cold Creek Vineyard" Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (Elsewhere $30)