Chester Kidder Red Blend 2013
Winemaker Notes :
Wine AdvocateMade by Gilles Nicault, the 2013 Chester Kidder (58% Cabernet Sauvignon, 34% Syrah, 5% Petit Verdot and the rest Cabernet Franc) sports an inky color as well as rich, serious notes of blackcurrants, scorched earth and chocolate. Deep, rich and concentrated, with beautiful purity and fine tannin, it's going to need forgotten for at least 2-3 years.
VinousBright ruby-red. Clean aromas of cassis, black cherry and spices lifted by a floral topnote and a hint of dried herbs. Wonderfully suave and pliant on the palate, with plum, cassis and black raspberry flavors complemented by sweet oak tones. Finishes with noble tannins and superb length and floral lift. Nicault maintains that the tight-grained oak barrels--85% new--reduce the wood element and bring out the complexity of this wine during its last ten months of élevage. He also believes that the controlled, long aging brings complex, integrated earth and graphite nuances and extends the potential life of the wine. Nicault told me he adds 'the Syrah for spice, the Petit Verdot for layers and the Cabernet Franc for elegance.'
Wine SpectatorCombines a firm backbone with a polished texture, offering red currant, mint and spicy toast flavors. Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc. Drink now through 2024. 1,353 cases made.