Moss Wood Ribbon Vale Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2010

The Moss Wood Ribbon Vale Vineyard cabernet sauvignon merlot 2010 vintage is not cheap at $48  per bottle, but I think it is very much worth it.  According to the winery, the 2010 is a blend of 75% cabernet sauvignon, 18% merlot, and the remaining 7% is “cabernet”.  I am guessing that the latter is a reference to cabernet franc.  In the glass, the wine is a not quite fully saturated purple in colour, and opens to aromatics of lovely cedar wood, ripe and juicy blackberry and crushed dry stones reminding of a country road in summer.  The palate is dry with medium acid and body, and a refined expression of blackberry, blackcurrant, cedar wood and some graphite notes.  The tannins grow in the glass, are fine grained and have enough grip to suggest a good future ahead.  The finish is medium to long.  Overall, this is a very good wine, delicious in fact, due to some very good length on the palate, and the elegant balance of fruit, wood and tannins.  Very Good

Abv: 13.5%
Price: $48
Source: sample
Vendors: Check
Tasted: 2013
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