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2012 Virage Barrel Select - 750ml
2012 Virage Barrel Select - 750ml


 
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Bottle Price $135.00 LIMITED SUPPLY

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94 by Wine Enthusiast! The Virage Barrel Select is something exceptional, bottled only occasionally... This 2012 bottling celebrates the deep complexity and richness of a favorite east-facing hillside site on volcanic soils. Of the nine barrels produced in 2012 from this block, the other eight play a major role in the 2012 blend. These precious 60 gallons were kept as a separate lot, aged over two years in French oak (a favorite Saury barrel, second fill), bottled unfined and unfiltered. No tricks, no new oak, this is exquisite primary fruit character. Sold only direct from the winery.

TASTING NOTES: Deep, dark aromas of cassis, leather, rich tobacco and menthol layered into the rich black fruits. On your tongue, this is luscious wine, dense and smooth. Mineral-laden black stonefruit and berries, all "good bitters"--bittersweet chocolate, espresso. Finishing with slippery elm and powerful anise/black licorice with a beautiful menthol lift. The mouth-coating structure creates a very long "finish"--it truly does not quit. Frankly, we knew it was special in the barrel, some magic definitely occurred, but tasting now (2017), I can't believe I made this wine. Dead ringer for a top Grand Cru Bordeaux. A special occasion wine; it will not disappoint the most serious collector. And all this structure and flavor packed into 13.9% alcohol. Ready to drink now (2017); no decant necessary. But of course, opens up more and more in the glass.
NOTE: Because it's unfiltered a bit of sediment will form around the cork/neck when stored upside down. Turn upright a day before drinking, and/or give a little wipe inside the neck before serving.
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Just 22 cases produced.