Robert Parker 94
A blend of 50% Cabernet Franc, 25% Merlot, 23% Cabernet Sauvignon and 2% Petit Verdot, the 2018 High Fidelity Red Blend has a medium to deep garnet-purple color, opening with seductive notes of redcurrant jelly, blackberry coulis, black raspberries and spice cake followed by nuances of red roses, cedar chest and pencil lead with a waft of underbrush. The medium to full-bodied palate quivers with compelling energy, framed by finely grained tannins and bags of freshness, finishing with loads of red fruit and perfumed layers.
Anticipated maturity: 2021-2035
The 2018 High Fidelity is a gorgeous wine to drink now and over the next decade or so. Bright floral aromatics lend vibrancy to a core of sweet red berry fruit. Mocha, spice, rose petal, mint and blood orange develop over time, adding layers of complexity. The move to increasingly emphasize Franc in this blend has worked so well. This is a fabulous entry-level offering from Cliff Lede.
Anticipated maturity: 2023-2033