Grapelive Daily Pick
By Kerry Winslow
2007 Snosrap Cyrano Red “Bordelais” Monterey.
I tasted this wine in barrel and just before bottling, and now in bottle, and it is getting better each time I try it. I had rated it at 90 Points in my early notes, but it has got more interesting and polished, so I had to bump it up a few points, and that is much more fair at this stage and it might even get better still. This wine is a new cuvee for Parsonage and their Snosrap Cyrano line up and it is a blend of about 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Petit Verdot and 25% Malbec, all of which come from select vineyard sites. The nose is rich in flowers, fruit and mocha scented oak and the palate is big, lush and full with layers of blackberry, cassis, cherry, currant and plum. There is lots of sweet chocolate, vanilla spice and sturdy ripe tannins that add depth and structure that also linger on the finish. This is a very enjoyable Bordeaux style blend that is pure new world in character with clean flavors and thick texture, though remains balanced and lively.
($25 Est.) 92 Points, grapelive