Mission Codename Nineteen33
Let’s break down these words by Robert Parker; “Beau Vigne, one of my favorite wineries, has received their first 100 points perfect score with their 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve… this winery has been making terrific wines for a number of years, and the current lineup, put together by winemaker Kirk Venge, is just amazing.” Now let’s take a closer look at today’s feature. Evidently, the same perfectionist approach by the prodigious Kirk Venge applies. That praise was for a Cabernet, but his rendition of Napa Valley Merlot is equally full throttle, without a doubt. The closest names we can think of, stylistically are Pahlmeyer and Blankiet.
In the core, it’s black as night, relenting light only to the narrowest of ruby rims. Crème de cassis, jammy blackberries, lavish oak spice, chocolate, and graphite. Plush tannins, layers of spices, blue and purple fruits galore with a gamy touch. It lasts for at least a minute, building bordering to a sensual overflow crescendo. Beefy in its own right with a chewy texture, it’s built for many daring meat dishes.
While this superb wine pays tribute to the 21st Amendment to the US Constitution that repealed Prohibition, there’s nothing to amend here! Merlot just does not get better, especially for what you can steal it at today. We were able to secure a TINY allocation and it’s all yours but act fast as it is bound to sell out. We have yet to see a 2016 from Napa last long, the vintage has TWO 98-point scores from both Wine Spectator and Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, luckily this wine never got reviewed, otherwise it would have already been all gobbled up by their mailing list!
What the Winery Says
2016 'Amendment XXI' Napa Valley Merlot
- Kirk Venge
- 75% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon
- Atlas Peak, Napa Valley
- 100% Estate Vineyards
- 18 months
- 90% new French oak
- 3 barrels