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2015 En Garde "Le Bijou du Roi Reserve" Diamond Mountain District Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #1476747 96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark Coming from the Sori Bricco Vineyard on Diamond Mountain and containing a splash (.5%) of Cabernet Franc, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Le Bijou du Roi was aged for 27 months in French oak, 80% new. Deep garnet-purple colored, it leaps from the glass with bold red currant jelly, warm cassis and blackberry tart scents plus fragrant suggestions of cinnamon stick, cigar box, rose hip tea, pencil shavings and wood smoke. Full-bodied, rich, concentrated and jam-packed with black and red fruit preserves layers, it has a gorgeous plush frame and seamless freshness, finishing very long and wonderfully perfumed. (LPB) Inner quote mark (12/2018)

92 points Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark Mostly Cabernet Sauvignon (there's a splash of Cabernet Franc) aged 27 months in 80% new French oak, the 2015 Le Bijou Du Roi has a slightly piercing bouquet of blue fruits, pine forest, incense, and candied orange rind. Rich, full-bodied, and sweetly fruited palate, with some lifted volatile acidity, it has sweet tannins, and a charming, layered, interesting style. It’s going to keep for 10-15 years as well. Inner quote mark (6/2019)

92 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark This is a reserve-level wine, aged in 80% new French oak for 27 months. Intense on the nose in coconut and nutmeg, it offers robust chalky tannins and a strong powerful core of concentrated cassis, sage and cocoa powder. It should do well in the cellar for a time. *Cellar Selection* (VB) Inner quote mark (9/2019)

K&L Notes

Winemaker's notes: "Sori Bricco Vineyard is on the ridge top at over 2100 feet above the valley floor. We have access to 2 acres of the 35 years old vines of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc from 3-4 different blocks in this 40 acre vineyard. The ridge top location provides perfect sun exposure and the different clones add to the complexity of our powerful yet elegant wine. Stress from the lean volcanic soil results in loose clusters and small thick skinned berries that are full flavored and complex. The wines from this exclusive vineyard are cellar worthy collectibles and will greatly reward your patience."

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