Hendry Proprietary Red Blend 2019
|California, Napa Valley
George manages once again to pull off a wine that is both big and soft-edged. Opaque purple-ruby. Mouthwatering aromas of pretty cassis, deep berry, cedary spice, dill, brown sugar and toasted bread. On the palate, a surprisingly fruity, easy front palate transitions smoothly to dark, dried fig and blueberry fruit on the mid-palate. Well-balanced, with just enough lively acidity to offset firm, fine-grained tannins. Long, pleasant finish with Negroni-like elements of dried citrus peel, bittersweet and spice.
Supple and seamless, this powerful but silky-textured wine competes with those four times its price. The wine brings together wonderful ripe black fruit flavors and alluring oak shadings of tobacco, espresso, mint and blueberries for a taste that’s compelling now but sure to improve with aging. *Editors' Choice*
Aromas of blue berries, red plums and violets with eucalyptus, vanilla and underlying graphite minerality. Full-bodied, bright acidity and well-structured firm tannins. Framed and harmonious. Try after 2026.