Sunset Hills Mosaic Red Blend

2013 Sunset Hills Mosaic - 87 PTS - WA

wa "The 2013 Mosaic has been seen before, but not for a while and only when it was very young. It is the winery's Bordeaux blend: approximately 59% Cabernet Franc, 23% Merlot and 18% Petit Verdot. It was aged for 18 months in French oak (only 25% new, the rest second to fourth year). It comes in at 13.5% alcohol. This still shows what I would call finesse in the mid-palate, but the concentration has dropped off a bit, which is not something it could easily afford. The underlying char and smoke, however, have resolved into a green and still funky wine. The Cab Franc is in full flight here, with plenty of vegetal aspects. This does have some virtues, including a juicy, fresh finish that is filled with flavor. It seems more picked for acidity than concentration, but that has pros and cons given the funk here. The structure at this point is average, and this is ready to roll. You will have very little benefit to holding this, but it might hang on for a while, thanks to the good acidity. It is rather pricey for what it is. There were 385 cases produced. - Mark Squires
- Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (Issue #237, June 2018), 87 pts

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