Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Kobalt from Mark Herold!

Kobalt from winemaking superstar Mark Herold (who originally brought Merus wines to fame)

2012 Kobalt Sauvignon Blanc...$29.99
Bursting with apricot, nectarine and peach flavors and aromatics, this displays wonderful purity to the fruit flavors. There's an elegance here, delivering juicy acidity and fresh herbal shadings on the finish. Drink now. 170 cases made. –MW
Rated 90/100 The Wine Spectator

2010 scored 95 from The Wine Advocate - no score yet on the 2011
2011 Kobalt Cabernet Sauvignon...$97.99
684 cases produced
In the glass, the 2011 Cabernet is intense deep purple & concentrated blue. It has a nose overflowing with ripe raspberry, plum & blueberry – etched with nuances of spicy vanilla oak, the cedar of cigar boxes and creamy currant. The young wine asserts a foundation of crisp tannins and bright fruit promising rewards to those who wait a decade. To drink now, please “splash” decant and check the wine every 30 minutes or so until the youthful tannins soften up. Then enjoy flavors of ripened stone fruits gushing from the glass and pleasing the palate - invigorating with focused bright cherry, raspberry and layers of spicy vanilla framed with ripe plum. The lingering, lively cherry-skin finish satisfies those who drink this wine young while sealing a promise of its ageability.

2011 Kobalt Window Pane...$38.99
The 2011 Window Pane (68% Cabernet Sauvignon; 27% Petite Sirah & 5% Carignane) oozes with very fragrant ripe black raspberry and blackberry jam aromas. It is juicy, full bodied and loaded with extracted fruit yet balanced and very suave. The aroma and flavor profile consists of: ripe black currant and blackberry with complex hints of dark chocolate, boysenberry, and plum with notes of cinnamon and hints of black cherry. The finish is accentuated by wisps of gentle oak and dry but moderate tannins that integrate with the dark fruit and linger nicely on the palate.

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