Two Cépages From RN Estate
Just because we felt like it we opened the 2018 RN Estate Cuvée des Trois Cépages and 2019 Harmonie des Cépages. Both were excellent, with similarities and differences. If you’re not in a hurry, both are likely to improve in the next two years. But they’re excellent right now. (If you look closely at the photo, you’ll notice that the 2018 bottle is empty. We decanted it – highly recommended.) This is our review of two Cépages from RN Estate.
The 2018 Cuvée is 66% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Cabernet Franc and 11% Merlot. And it shows. This baby opens with aromas of dark fruit, brambleberries, and forest floor. On the palate, the wine is lighter than you might expect. It opens with a hint of spice, developing into cherries and raspberries. The finish is long with smooth tannins. This wine is currently not on the winery sell list.
The 2019 Harmony is 54% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Cabernet Franc, 18% Merlot, 8% Malbec, and 5% Petit Verdot. As expected, this wine is darker and richer. On the nose, delicate aromas of raspberries and rose petals. The palate is lush, opening with flavors of blackberries, plums, melding into spice. The tannins are a bit more noticeable on the finish, with great acid balance. On the website, $65.
The last time we visited Roger, we asked him about zinfandel. He used to grow it for blending. No more. It’s traditional European grapes all the way.
We belong to the wine club. And never once have we regretted our membership. Thanks, Roger!