A sturdy, dense, layered style, built for short-term cellaring. Remarkable flavor doors open as this unfolds, with red berry, licorice, herb, underbrush and jazzy, toasty oak. Though enjoyable now, this will be better in a couple of years. Built for the mid-range haul. (JL)
Lurid violet color. Deeply pitched cassis, cherry liqueur, cedary oak and pipe tobacco aromas are lifted by a suave floral note and a hint of cracked pepper. Rich but impressively energetic as well, showing excellent focus and power to its dark berry preserve, fruitcake, vanilla and rose pastille flavors. Smoothly balances richness and elegance and betrays absolutely no rough edges. Finishes on a sweet blue fruit note, with superb tenacity, lingering spiciness and supple, slow-building tannins. (JR)
This wine is a blend of 83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot. Medium to deep garnet-purple colored, the 2014 Soul Of A Lion has a gorgeous red and black currants nose with underlying earth, cinnamon stick, cigar box, cloves and sautéed herbs suggestions. Full-bodied, rich, concentrated and yet possessing great finesse, it possesses beautiful, fine-grained tannins and a lively backbone, finishing with persistent perfumed fruit layers. (LPB)
Bottled just after I tasted it from barrel last year, the 2014 Soul of A Lion is a blend of 83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot that spent 22 months in new French oak barrels. Elegant, layered and decadent, with lots of blackcurrants, smoked earth, licorice, dark chocolate and espresso, it hits the palate with a killer, seamless texture, no hard edges and a great, great finish. It’s seriously good and up with some of the greatest Bordeaux blends from Paso Robles to date.
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