I don’t have an adequate introduction to this wine. Only to say that I am thoroughly impressed by the wide range of styles Cindy can produce. Taste this wine. You have to taste this wine.

Paired with crispy skin duck breast and rice pilaf (food photo below review)

About the Wine: 49% Cab Franc; 36% Merlot; 19% Petit Verdot

14.3% ABV

Flavor Profile:

Appearance: medium purple

Aroma: Medium (+) intensity with aromas of chocolate, vanilla, black cherry, bramble, black plum, anise, tomato leaf, toast/char, prune, fig, leather

Palate: The plate is dry with high alcohol, medium (+) tannins, medium (+) body, and medium (+) acid. The flavor intensity is also medium (+) with flavors including those aromas mentioned above, but enhancing those of charred wood, leather, and adding to that list a bit of dry earth and all spice as well.

The finish is wonderfully long with lingering flavors of black fruit leather and a perfumed smokiness.

Conclusion: Based on the WSET criteria, I determined that this wine is outstanding. The level of acidity holds on the palate from start to finish, allowing some of those fresher fruits to stay front of mind, while those darker, earthier, toastier aromatics dance around the palate. The tannins are plushy, well integrated into the wine, providing body and structure, but never drying out the tongue so as to mute the flavor and aroma compounds. The alcohol, at 14.3%, also adds a bit of richness to this wine, but, again, not so much as to distract or detract from the integrity of the blended varieties. For me, the intensity of aromas and flavors was there; the finish was long and lingering; and given the variety of aromas and flavors I perceived, I find this wine to be quite complex, indeed. 

And I did find delicate, subtle tertiary aromas and flavors that says to me that this wine is already showing its potential for ageability. I believe there is room for the tannins to soften further, become more integrated into the wine. Those fresher fruits will slowly transform into (what I’ve already detected minutely) into fruit-leather notes. The earthy qualities, now in the background, will certainly come more forward on the nose and on the palate. And that good dose of acidity will surely keep the wine alive for years to come.

More Info: I purchased the Passaggio 2017 Connect Red Blend as part of my wine club allocation. (Cheers!) Price: $62; Club Price: $49.60/$52.70. For more information about Passaggio Wines, the wine, and to purchase wine directly (available for curb-side pickup or local delivery), please visit the Passaggio Wines website.

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