The wine is playful with a joyful exuberance rather than being a blockbuster: ripe cherries, blackcurrant, cassis, tobacco, coffee, cigar box and some milk chocolate? Definitely a charmer!
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Chateau Potelle was born when we moved from France in 1980, to be part of the California winemaking adventure. We wanted to be creative in making wine rather than being constrained by the years of traditions that existed in France. At the beginning, we found California wines to be too ripe and rich, very bold, and way too oaky. Soon we realized that a culinary revolution was taking place! The food that was being created by the young American chefs was more delicate and refined – the ingredients were respected and celebrated. The marriage of quality and simplicity eliminated the need for the “gravy” cover up. In food and in wine, less is more. Alas, we were on the same page!
The color is a beautiful young, deep and brilliant red. The first nose is vibrant, very rich, complex and multi layers. At this early stage, the bouquet is dominated by the exuberance of the Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Both provide for raspberry, some pepper perfume, cassis and violets even some nuances of banana. With more air, and with age, the bouquet will become more powerful with stronger flavors of fresh red cherries, eucalyptus, toast and vanilla. I find also some really subtle aromas of cardamom and saffron, sage and bay leaf.
Cabernet Sauvignon 83%; Cabernet Franc 5%; Merlot 5%; Petite Verdot 7%