94 Points - James Suckling
94 Points - Jeb Dunnuck
Sonoma Valley. The 2015 Audace is 81% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot and 9% Cabernet Franc. 75% barrel fermented. Left 18-21 days on skins. Aged 20 months in 75% new French Oak. The alcohol content is 14.1%
James Suckling, 94 Points: "A firm and silky red with blackberry and blueberry character. Full-bodied, yet tight and focused with an extremely pretty texture and great precision. Pretty wine. Drink in 2020."
Jeb Dunnuck, 94 points: "A step up over the 2014, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon has more mid-palate depth, as well as ripe tannin. Offering similar notes of blueberries, blackberries, crushed rock, violets and earth, with just a touch of background oak, this full-bodied effort carries plenty of underlying structure, good purity of fruit, and a great finish. Give it 2-3 years and enjoy over the following two decades."
Sonoma Valley. The 2015 Owl's Rock Vineyard, Cabernet Franc is 100% Cabernet Franc. 100% barrel fermented and 100% Malolactic Fermentation. Aged 26 months in 80% new French Oak. The alcohol content is 14.7%
Color: Deep, shiny eggplant with touches of cranberry on the rim
On the Nose: Explosion of spices and herbs, such as Tarragon, bay leaf, thyme & rosemary, evolving on fresh blueberries, milk chocolate and black pepper
On the Palate: Soft and velvety entrance evolving on a silky and fruity mid-palate, evolving on granular tannins with touches of fresh plums, macerated raspberries, elderberries and dried cranberries