Atalon Pauline's Cuvée 2012
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|Region||California, Napa Valley|
Focused and well-built, with notes of smoky currant, lead pencil and licorice. The flavors take on density and tannins toward the finish. Hands-off for now. Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec. Best from 2017 through 2022. 7,500 cases made.
Made from a majority of Merlot rounded out by other red Bordeaux varieties, this wine leans savory, featuring mushroom and leather within a suggestion of Martini olive water. The fruit is more shy, revealing black currant at best, with a flat, ghost-like finish.