The Secret Squirrel Cabernet has a deep base of granitic earth quality, with well integrated notes of black cherry preserve and ripe cassis, coinciding with hints of dried thyme, cigar box, and dark chocolate. It’s medium-full in body, with firm tannins and good aging potential relative to its price point, and an elegant clean finish that doesn’t leave a heavy impression on the palate. The tightly knit complexity of flavor comes from their use of great fruit from Corliss’ own estate vineyards, and long oak aging of 28 months in 70% new French oak barrel – just the right amount of time and new oak, from what I’m tasting. You may remember that I’ve advocate for this quickly popularizing philosophy of aging wines in less new oak, but for periods longer than 12 or 18 month, and I think the results speak for themselves in this Secret Squirrel Cabernet Sauvignon.
Aging: 28 Months in 70% New French Oak
Drinkability: Now Through 2019
Drink This if you Like: Left Bank Bordeaux, Manu Propria
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