Red Blend Ciel du Cheval Vineyard Red Mountain 2013

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United States
Andrew Will

This red blend of 56% Merlot, 44% Cabernet Franc once again revisits the idea of creating a wine from Ciel du Cheval that doesn’t use Cabernet Sauvignon.  The Ciel du Cheval vineyard lies in the Red Mountain appellation; the vines are 27 years old on average. The wine spent 18 months in barrel; 800 cases produced.

This wine shows off an intriguing combination of red berries, plums, espresso, and river rocks on the nose and shows off a impressive balance from fruit coming from one of the warmest vineyards Andrew Will sources fruit from.



93 points
"Showing classic Red Mountain characteristics of dusty earth, graphite, savory fruits and dried violets, the 800-case 2013 Ciel du Cheval Vineyard is medium to full-bodied, beautifully balanced, elegant and layered on the palate, with present, savory tannin. More closed, reticent and restrained aromatically, this beauty needs 4-5 years of cellaring and will keep through 2033. Made from 56% Merlot and 44% Cabernet that spent 18 months in 35% new oak, this is one of the cases where the terroir supersedes the variety. "
Jeb Dunnuck,
Wine Advocate
, June 2016