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Winemaker Celia Welch writes of the 2019 M. Étain:
Aromatically, this fresh, bright Cabernet blend shows a plethora of red fruit notes; cranberry, plum, raspberry jam, cherry cordial, even a touch of pomegranate, along with more subtle tones of clove, vanilla, pipe tobacco, and mahogany. On the palate, the entry is full and broad, showing tannins that are approachable now but will soften with age.
Completely crafted from grapes grown on the J. J. Cohn Estate in Rutherford, Napa Valley, the fruit for this wine was harvested by hand between October 12 and 21, 2019. The fruit was destemmed, sorted, and fermented in small stainless-steel tanks prior to being aged in French oak barrels (75% new) for a total of 17 months. The wine was bottled without fining or filtration. This blend contains 87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Malbec, 4% Merlot, 1% Petit Verdot. 2700 cases were bottled in April, 2021.
While the Grand Vin gets all the attention, don’t miss the 2019 M. Étain. This cuvee offers so much pleasure, and it also has a unique style all its own. Based on 87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Malbec, 4% Merlot, and 1% Petit Verdot, its deep purple color is followed by a great bouquet of cassis, violets, leafy herbs, black olive, and crushed stone. Full-bodied, it has a terrific mix of richness and freshness, ripe tannins, and a great finish. While it’s a second wine at this address, it’s as good as just about everyone else’s top cuvée.
Jeb Dunnuck - 96+
The 2019 M. Étain is a blend of 87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Malbec and 1% Petit Verdot. Deep garnet-purple colored, it sashays out of the glass with notes of violets, fallen leaves and incense over a warm cassis and plum preserves core, plus a waft of cardamom. Full-bodied, the ripe, opulent black fruit preserve flavors are beautifully framed by firm, grainy tannins and a lively backbone, finishing long and seductively spicy. 2,600 cases were made.
Robert Parker - 95