Ciel du Cheval 2013

39% cabernet franc, 38% cabernet sauvignon, 15% petit verdot, 8% merlot

Ciel du Cheval, n. a. French, horse sky, b. Red Mountain vineyard named for its sweeping view of the Horse Heaven Hills, c. Cadence blend of Bordeaux clonal selections grown on Ciel du Cheval Vineyard.

Shows all the hallmarks of a great Ciel vintage — elegant and powerful with layers upon layers of interest.  Straight out of the bottle the wine has superb energy and ripping great length. After an hour in decanter the subdued fruit blooms, boding well for a long, graceful evolution in bottle.

B. Smith