Leviathan Red Wine 2016
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The intensity of the small berries- and excellent juice-to-skin ratios- reminded us of the profundity of the Mariana Trench, the deepest part of the ocean, where our Leviathan is truly at home. Leagues above on the water's surface, we were able to work the lines, set the sails, and ultimately capture the potential of this epic vintage. The result of our enological voyage is a wine as American as baseball, and as Yogi Berra would have said, "It's like déjà vu all over again." Find yourself with steady legs in port, and a bountiful glass brimming with aromatics of cigar box, brambly fruit and cacao. The palate gives way to an even-keeled expression of cherries, violets, umeboshi, savory tannins and licorice. In no time, you will be waxing sailor lore with the best of them! And reaching for more, hand over fist!
|Region||California, Napa Valley|
Wine AdvocateFrom winemaker Andy Erickson, the 2016 Leviathan is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Cabernet Franc and Merlot aged in 25% new French oak. Deep garnet-purple colored, it leaps from the glass with exuberant black cherries, black raspberries and blackcurrants with hints of pencil shavings, black pepper, tobacco and forest floor plus a waft of tapenade. Full, firm and grainy, with gorgeous mid-palate generosity and packed with layers of black fruit and savory sparks, it has a rock-solid frame of ripe, grainy tannins and seamless freshness, finishing long. Approachable now yet structured to cellar, this seriously affordable, serious California blend should age 15-20 years or more.
VinousAndy Erickson's Leviathan is gorgeous once again in 2013. Plump, juicy and forward, the 2013 packs a serious punch. Still it is impossible not to notice that this year Leviathan is made in a more aromatic, lifted style than in the past, when the wine has been much more bombastic. Readers looking for a supple, exuberant Cabernet Sauvignon-based wine that requires little cellaring should check out the 2013 Leviathan
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