Maybach Family Vineyards Amoenus 2017
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|Region||California, Napa Valley, Calistoga|
|Brand||Maybach Family Vineyards|
Walking our rows in the Amoenus vineyard, the visual impression you experience is that of waves: the rolling topography as well as the ribbons of gravel and rocky soil that blend in and out of the soil structure. This wine works that way as well with its undulating, intricate and layered qualities. The wine is defined by dark, brambly notes and interwoven throughout are ribbons of high-toned complimentary aromas and flavors. This interplay is captured within a polished and refined tannin framework and mouth-watering acid balance.
The 2017 Maybach Amoenus possesses a completely opaque royal purple hue in the glass. Decadent aromas swell from the bowl suggesting notes of cassis, blackberry, worn leather, violet and dark chocolate. The palate experience has a seamless trajectory layered with mouth-coating notes of lilac, boysenberry, pomegranate, river rock, and baking spice. The combination of all the layers and components of this wine come together in a finishing crescendo that lingers for a minute plus.
— Winemaker, Thomas Brown
From a single vineyard in Calistoga, the 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Amoenus isn’t far off what the estate produced in 2016. It’s a pure, full-bodied, powerful 2017 that does everything right. Loads of blueberries, cassis, Asian spice, and flowery incense define the bouquet, and it has a pure, classic, focused style on the palate. I love its purity of fruit, it has ripe, present tannins, and while it needs 2-3 years of bottle age, it’s going to evolve gracefully for 15-20 years.
A final tank blend soon to be bottled, the 2017 Amoenus Cabernet Sauvignon gives up a deep garnet-purple color an impressive array of black cherries, charcoal, mulberries, warm plums, chargrill and crème de cassis scents with hints of bay leaves, smoked meats, crushed rocks and spice cake. Full-bodied, taut and chewy in the mouth, it delivers a solid structure and a savory finish.