Affairs of the Vine - 9th Annual Cab Shootout

Affairs of the Vine - 9th Annual Cab Shootout

Double Gold - 2012 Écluse Ensemble

Female: Sultry and alluring aromatic profile. Lush dark fruit with exotic spice notes. Plum and raspberry fruit. Good mouthfeel. Well integrated. Soft tannins. Lovely finish. 91
Male: An expressive combination of bright cherry and lighter toned black fruit accented by dried flowers and herbs and a touch of vanilla. Palate offers up nicely developed and proportioned black fruit and pomegranate. Finish is a work in progress with tannins that remain a bit edgy at the moment but all heading in the right direction for the long haul. A nice ensemble of Cabernet elements. 91
 

Gold Medal - 2012 Écluse Cabernet Savuignon

Female: The nose is delicate with fruit at the forefront and notes of lavender and eucalyptus.Wonderful balance of oak and fruit. Ripe cherry, milk chocolate, cassis, and black tea flavors. Full and balanced mouthfeel. Nice finish! 89

Male: Elegant aromas lift from the glass showing rich plum, raspberry, toasted vanilla barrel notes, fresh baked bread, and a touch of mint. The plum fruit core is replicated nicely from first impression on the nose and is accented stylishly with cassis, brown spice, and light cinnamon. Comes together with nicely integrated medium tannins on the pleasing finish. 91

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