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LAIRD FAMILY PROPRIETARY RED "JILLIAN'S BLEND", NAPA VALLEY 2012
Robert Parker - Wine Advocate
The 2012 Proprietary Red Blend Jillian’s is primarily Cabernet Sauvignon, 65%, but kitchen-sink additions include 20% Syrah, 10% Merlot, as well as Malbec and Petit Verdot. Production was just over 2,000 cases. I really like the juiciness of this wine, which has a dark ruby/purple color, lots of black cherry, mulberry, mocha, fruit and a nice tactile, fleshy impression with good purity, uplift and density in the long velvety finish. This is a beauty to drink now and over the next 7-8 years.
NVWE Notes: If richly oaky, the aromas of this classy wine are even fuller in fruit expression. The nose offers scents of black raspberry, black currant, black cherry, violet and black fig, steeped in sweet-savory notes of cedar, vanilla, tobacco, clove and other baking spices, toffee, leather and licorice root. It is medium-bodied, attractively supple in texture, rich and well-focused on the palate, with a Bordeaux-like balance to flavors that linger nicely while closely mirroring the character of the aromas. Certainly an even better wine two years from now, it is an fine foil to classy sauced meat dishes right now. A blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Syrah, 10% Merlot, 3% Malbec and 2% Petite Verdot. 2075 cases produced.