The 2014 Carte Blanche Proprietary Red Wine is a Right-Bank inspired blend of 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 31% Merlot, 18% Cabernet Franc, 10.5% Petite Verdot and .5% Malbec. Select vineyards and blocks were chosen and farmed specifically to attain a dense, rich wine framed by delicate fine-grained tannins. Beckstoffer’s Orchard Vineyard Merlot offers a plump & full mid-palate while providing ample nuance. Beckstoffer’s Missouri Hopper Cabernet Sauvignon in Oakville provides a full spectrum of rich and dark fruit, while the Sage Ridge Vineyard Cabernet Franc from Sage Ridge Canyon offers nuances of tobacco, plum, and roasted poblano. Savory and bursting with sweet red and black fruit, the 2014 Proprietary Red is loaded with personality. Black cherry, licorice, and faint green peppercorn on the nose. The palate is tight and focused, showcasing violet, lavender, pablano pepper, atop blue and black fruits with hints of cherry. 200 cases produced.
Vinous, Antonio Galloni – 94 Points,
Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate – 94 Pointsts