2017 Lancaster Estate Nicole's Proprietary Red
90 Points - Robert Parker
On the palate this wine shows soft, supple tannins with flavors of blackberry, boysenberry and vanilla, complemented by hints of clove, black peppercorn and tobacco. Balanced by its acidity, polished tannins and exotic oak, the wine shows a beautiful juxtaposition with contrasting flavors that work well to deliver a long and lingering finish. Nicole’s should be decanted when young, and should age for 20+ years.
96% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Petit Verdot
24 months in 100% new French oak
Consistent with Lancaster Estate’s commitment to making wines of authenticity and place, all of our wines are estate grown, produced and bottled. Native yeasts are used for primary fermentation while secondary malolactic fermentation occurs naturally in barrel. To preserve the truest expression of our estate, the Lancaster Estate 2017 Nicole’s Proprietary Red was gently fined and then bottled unfiltered. The 2017 was aged 24 months in 100% French oak. We chose barrels from several coopers including Darnajou, Taransaud and Saury. 100% of the barrels were new and all were coopered using a combination of Medium Plus, Medium Long, and Heavy toast levels to provide optimal integration and balance.
A wet winter followed by a relatively cool spring started what seemed to be a normal growing season. A Labor Day heat spike stalled the grapes maturing for about two weeks setting up a later than normal harvest. Throw in some wild fires and it made for an overall unique vintage.
526 cases produced.