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97pts Jeb Dunnuck
The 2016 Pirouette is made by Philippe Melka and it’s a total blockbuster based on 68% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot, and the palate Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc, and Malbec that was fermented in barrel and aged 22 months in 75% new oak. Crème de cassis, blackberries, toasted spices, cedar, and forest floor notes all emerge from this deep, rich, opulent red that has sweet tannins, a thrilling texture, no hard edges, and a monster finish. This is another best-to-date from this estate and it’s an awesome wine.
93pts Wine Advocate
Made by Philippe Melka, the 2016 Pirouette is a blend of 68% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot, 8% Petit Verdot, 6% Cabernet Franc and 3% Malbec. The wine has an expressive nose with a firm core of dark fruit, showing dense concentration of elegant florals and integrated oak spices. The full-bodied palate is clean and correct with a line of minerality through the mid-palate that is balanced by the naturally plush and generous fruit, ending with a long and contemplative finish. 2,188 cases produced.
93pts Wine & Spirits
A Long Shadows collaboration with Napa Valley winemaker Philippe Melka, this blend includes twothirds cabernet sauvignon from Red Mountain, with the balance merlot, petit verdot, cabernet franc and malbec. It is a plush red leading with scents of violets, plums and black pepper. The texture is sleek and elegant, growing more plush and powerful with air, the flavors fresh and forceful, with a cinnamon stick spice note on the finish. Impressive. (2,188 cases)
91pts Wine Enthusiast
Cabernet Sauvignon comprises 68% of this wine, with the rest Merlot (15%), Petit Verdot (8%), Cabernet Franc (6%) and Malbec (3%). Aromas of burnt coffee, leaf, apple and spice lead to chocolatey flavors. Coffee notes linger on the warm finish. The tannins bring a grainy feel, needing some time to stretch out. Best after 2023.
90pts James Suckling
This offers a fresh array of ripe red fruit with a smooth and juicy delivery of tannin that is framed in glossy oak spice. All modern and supple here and an easygoing finish.
A richly aromatic wine with beautiful notes of cassis, toasted walnuts, fresh rosemary and a hint of earthiness. On the palate, silky tannins create an elegant, textured mouthfeel with layers of blackberry, ripe cherry, dark chocolate and a hint of oak spice that gain focus across a vibrant finish.
Blend: 68% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot, 8% Petit Verdot, 6% Cabernet Franc, 3% Malbec