2011 Canon-La-Gaffelière, St-Emilion (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1090825 93 points Wine Spectator

 Offers a deliciously mouthwatering range of red currant, damson plum, blackberry and loganberry fruit, spiced with hints of black tea and cinnamon and backed by a long, briary, fine-grained finish. A sleek, refined wine that should age well. Best from 2016 through 2028.  (3/ 2014)

92 points James Suckling

 This is very refined and pretty for the vintage with plum, berry and light chocolate character. It’s almost Burgundian in texture and weight. Shows the finesse of the cabernet franc in the blend. Very fine indeed. Try in 2017.  (2/ 2014)

92 points Wine Enthusiast

 Great juicy black fruits shine through this rich and complex wine that shows considerable style. The aftertaste is full of fresher acidity and juicy berry fruits. Drink from 2017.  (5/ 2014)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Probably the flagship estate of visionary Stephan von Neipperg, the 2011 Canon La Gaffeliere is less exotic and open-knit than usual, but it exhibits beautiful notes of black currants, licorice, camphor and forest floor. A burgeoning complexity as well as medium to full body and well-integrated wood are found in this pure beauty. Drink it over the next 10-12 years. (RP)  (4/ 2014)

Jancis Robinson

 Juicy, fragrant, characterful - really expressive with charming structure and just the right amount of oak influence. Masterful stuff - really feathery tannin, great texture. 17.5/20 points. Drink 2014 to 2024  (10/ 2013)

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By: Clyde Beffa Jr. |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 5/5/2014  | Send Email
*+ 60% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Cabernet Franc. Lovely entry, spicy and sweet fruit flavors. Great mid-palate. Superb.

By: Ralph Sands |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 5/2/2014  | Send Email
Elegant, crisp red fruits, violets and roses. A little dusty, with a touch of grip.

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.
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