2016 Chaleur Estate
Youthful and tightly wound, the 2016 Chaleur Estate gradually reveals aromas of black cherry, dark chocolate truffle and baking spices. The Red Mountain origins of this wine are reflected on the nose with lavender, cassis and dried earth. Firmly structured throughout, showing flavors of tapenade with blue and black berries, this vintage promises to age well in the cellar. Deep flavors of black currant and plum spread throughout a concentrated mid-palate, gracefully integrated into a persistent finish.
"The flagship and made in decent quantities, the 2016 Chaleur Estate is a brilliant wine that unquestionably stands up with the top Bordeaux blends in the world. Based on 63% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc, and the rest Petit Verdot that was brought up all in new French oak, it reveals a deep purple color as well as powerful notes of black fruits, graphite, lead pencil shavings, and scorched earth. Deep, full-bodied, and beautifully layered, with subtle background oak and building structure, it needs 4-5 years of bottle age and will keep for two decades." - Jeb Dunnuck