Ciel du Cheval 2014

33% cabernet franc, 33% cabernet sauvignon, 25 % merlot, 9% petit verdot

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.

A steely, nervy, black nose leads into layers and layers of currants, blueberries and spice on the palate. This is atypically broad shouldered, powerful and dense, yet has Ciel’s hallmark poise and brightness. In some ways it is Ciel du Cheval doing its best Tapteil impression! Gorgeous now but the upside potential should be measured in decades, not merely years.

B. Smith