96 Point under $90 Napa “Right Bank”

A good 16 years ago Scott Palazzo was asked by Thomas Keller, “Chef Extraordinaire” and owner of French Laundry and Per Se restaurants to craft a Cab Franc exclusively for him!  That resulted in amazing exposure for this small winery and the rest-as-they-say-is-history.

Palazzo 2013 Right Bank “Reserve” Proprietary Red, Napa Valley
GGWC 89.99

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Offers up stunning aromas of dark chocolate, espresso roast, sweet cherries and black currants. Floral notes of violets & cassis with hints of cedar, vanilla and spice!   On the palate the wine serves up a rich, plush mouthfeel with great structure and well-balanced acidity. Stunning sweet red & black cherry fruit with hints of chocolate & cocoa powder. Fabulous density, richness and intensity with excellent tannins & weight! Signature complex layers of rich fruit with hints of earth and minerality laced throughout.  The wine finishes bold, rich and complex, with hints of dark chocolate & espresso! A Great Food Wine!

Pairing: Roast Pork & Grilled Veal Chops, Duck Breast to a delicious Bone-In Rib Eye!

Robert Parker 96 Points: “Given the fact that the 2013 had been in bottle only five weeks when I tasted it, some allowance should be made by readers that it may have been somewhat less expressive, but it certainly strutted its stuff. A blend of 68% Merlot, 24% Cabernet Franc and the rest Cabernet Sauvignon, this wine has beautifully fragrant, fresh earth, coffee, chocolate, blackberry and cassis notes, a brawny, vigorous, uplifting mouthfeel, a tightly coiled texture, and moderately intense but sweet tannin. The purity, freshness and vigor are all there, but the wine still resembles a barrel sample, as one might expect. Forget it for another 4-5 years and drink it over the following two decades.”

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