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Audere Red Blend (Howell Mountain 2018) by: Hertelendy Vineyards

Audere Red Blend (Howell Mountain 2018) by: Hertelendy Vineyards

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Winemaker Notes

By popular demand, this 2018 Audere Red Blend (39% Merlot, 34% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Malbec, 10% Petit Verdot, 5% Cabernet Franc) best-seller is topping the charts with a total production of 309 cases. 23 months barrel aged in 90% New French and Hungarian Oak, in typical bold fashion, it comes out guns blazing with lots of extract, some serious tannin, and a full-bodied mouthfeel. This blend hails from ultra premium, volcanic Napa areas such as the Pritchard Hill area, Howell Mountain, Atlas Peak, and their very own Rockwell Ridge estate vineyard (35 feet below Howell Mountain). It is an exuberant, rich wine with red cherries, oodles of black fruits, and coffee notes. Very reminiscent of the inaugural 2013 Audere, this is sure to please even the biggest Sideways-loving, Merlot-hater...and yes, the rumors are true….this label glows-in-the dark! Turn off the lights and see for yourself.

Professional Ratings

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    Checking in as a mix of 39% Merlot, 34% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Malbec, 10% Petit Verdot, and the rest Cabernet Franc, the 2018 Red Blend Audere gives up a solid, darker, subtly herbal nose with lots of black fruits, chocolate, and spicy nuances. This carries to a ripe, plush, sexy red offering a big, expansive mouthfeel, plenty of mid-palate depth, and ripe tannins. I don't think it's going to make the oldest bones, but it will certainly put a smile on your face over the coming 7-8 years or more.
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