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2018 Leviathan California Red Blend (Elsewhere $40+)

SKU #1494241 94 points Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark Always a great value, the 2018 California Red Wine is a Bordeaux blend put together by Andy Erickson. The wine reveals a ruby/purple hue as well as complex notes of red and black fruits, green tobacco, cedary spice, and spring flowers. These all flow to a medium to full-bodied, elegant wine that offers good overall concentration, seamless tannins, and a great finish. Very much in the style of the 2018 vintage with its more streamlined, elegant style, it’s going to benefit from 2-3 years of bottle age (although it’s far from unapproachable today) and keep for a solid 10-12 years or more. This is one of the more age-worthy examples of this cuvée that I recall. Inner quote mark (1/2021)

93 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark Blackberry and asphalt aromas with some violets and rose petals. Medium to full body. Some carbon to the dark fruit. Tasty and delicious. Chewy now, but we like it already. Drinkable now, but will improve with age. Inner quote mark (2/2020)

92 points Vinous

Outer quote mark The 2018 Red Wine is a plump, juicy Cabernet Sauvignon-based wine to drink now and over the next handful of years. The 2018 is not quite as flamboyant as some other recent editions, but it packs plenty of punch. A rush of dark red/purplish fruit, crushed rocks, menthol, rose petal and spice build into the intense, layered finish. The 2018 can be enjoyed upon release, but it is at its best with an hour or two of aeration. (AG) Inner quote mark (1/2021)

K&L Notes

Leviathon is a big red blend that's not just another big red blend. It comes from noted winemaker Andy Erickson, who's taken ingredients (heavy on the Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, Petite Sirah, and Cabernet Franc here) from some lesser-known regions--among name-brand regions most wine consumers are familiar with--that are within, and in between, the Napa Valley, Sonoma Valley, and Lake County, to create a blend to suit his taste. And yours! Grapes from Fountaingrove, Red Hill, Moon Mountain, Carneros, Coombsville, and more. That's Northern California wine country gold there, by some lesser-known names!


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