- Relic Artefact Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 Product #28442 (In Stock)
The last wine Mike Hirby releases from each vintage, and the most impressive Artefact Cabernet to date. The wine’s backbone is fruit from the tiny (3 acre) Corona Vineyard in the hills just west of Oakville. Mike describes the site as “a moonscape, with tiny shale pebbles going who-knows how deep.” The poor soils and small berries here give a wine of fantastic intensity and power. You’ll find deep aromas of crushed blackberry, black currant, dark chocolate, and sweet spices and flavors to match. There’s plenty of structure to support the lush fruit, and while you probably should hold this for 3-5 years, it’s hard to resist right now with a rare steak!
“78% cabernet sauvignon, 14% cabernet franc and 8% malbec): Aromas of cassis, briary blackberry and bitter chocolate, lifted by a violet topnote. Large-scaled, chewy, mountain-style wine (it's from the Corona vineyard at the top of the Oakville Grade), with a medicinal quality to its flavors of black cherry, blackberry and licorice. This youthfully musclebound cabernet finishes with substantial tannins and very good energy. Serve it with a rare steak now or, better yet, hold it for five years for more complexity. These small, thick-skinned berries ripen late, notes winemaker Mike Hirby.”International Wine Cellar 92(+?) points