Luc Morlet has been on a roll as of late, and this latest venture “Cabaud” is just one of the many accolades this great winemaker can add to his portfolio. Luc who was born in France, but is best known for his success at Peter Michael Newton, Staglin, Carte Blanche, Linked, his own Morlet label and of course the Cabaud Wines.
Passionate for both the expression of the various California terroirs, as well as the continuous pursuit of the ultimate quality, Luc calls his winemaking philosophy “neo-classical laissez-faire without compromise.” His is a non-interventionist winemaking style driven by an ongoing search for quality improvement. With over two decades of vintages under his belt (he worked 9 years in France, before coming to California), and with his own zest for innovation, Luc uses century old principles and classic Burgundy and Bordeaux methods, while adapting to California’s natural conditions
Sourced from Beckstoffer’s Missouri Hopper, Morlet selected a few special rows of this 100% Cabernet to craft this 96 Point rated wine. Intense and talkative with a classic bouquet of crème de cassis, cedarwood, spring flowers and a hint of white chocolate on the nose. On the palate this wine is rich and full bodied with perfectly balanced, soft tannins. Red, blue and black fruit flavors along with cassis, Quesch plum, and cedar linger long into the finish.
Robert Parker 96 Points: “Made from 100% Cabernet Sauvignon from clone 4 on rootstock 3309, the 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Benedictions tastes like a young Pontet Canet. Its dense purple color is followed by a classic bouquet of crème de cassis, cedarwood, spring flowers and a hint of white chocolate. Full-bodied with stunning fruit intensity and purity as well as a long finish, this was all accessed from the Missouri Hopper vineyard owned by the Beckstoffer Family. Like most 2012s, this wine will be drinkable young, but it has the depth and balance to age for 20 years.”