95pts Tasting Panel
Aromatic nose of herbs and toast; fresh palate with a velvety texture and flavors of deep plum, cherry, and soft herbs; complex and exquisite.
Deep red with an intense purple hue. Black cherry, violet, and licorice nose. The palate follows again with black cherry and dark plum. These dark fruits balance perfectly with the sumptuous, French oak. The finish has supple, round tannins with a massive amount of fruit.
Winemaker Nick Goldschmidt makes his Oakville Game Ranch in a very approachable, elegant style. Sourced from the eastern-end of Oakville Cross Rd, the soils here transition from volcanic red clay to brown, gravelly loam. They offer exceptionally good drainage which controls vigor, produce smaller berries and ultimately wines with deeper concentration. Soil water-holding capacity is sufficient enough to prevent dehydration, thus protecting the critical fruit flavor-to-alcohol balance. Goldschmidt Game Ranch shows gorgeous fruit, ripe tannins, and savory minerality.