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Relic Artefact Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 Product #28442 (In Stock)
Relic Artefact Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 Relic Artefact Cabernet Sauvignon 2010

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

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Relic Cabernet Franc The Prior 2012 Product #30170 (In Stock)
Relic Cabernet Franc The Prior 2012 Relic Cabernet Franc The Prior 2012

375 cases made; 3 available.  As Robert Parker said, "this is a killer example of this varietal, which can do wonders in selected micro-climates in Napa."  In this case, rugged Stagecoach Vineyard (75%) and Calistoga's Frediani Vineyards give this fantastic purity and aromatics to go with the plush palate.  18% Cabernet Sauvignon adds structure and 4% Petit Verdot (both from Stagecoach) layers on another dose of complexity.  Fabulous stuff.

“An absolutely profound wine is the 2012 Cabernet Franc The Prior. I don’t know what source Mike Hirby used for his Cabernet Franc, but this is a killer example of this varietal, which can do wonders in selected micro-climates in Napa. Forest floor, blueberry, black raspberry and acacia flowers all swirl from the glass in the complex aromatics offered up. It’s lovely texture, which is full-bodied, but light on its feet has produced a rather sublime example of Cabernet Franc that is supple, round, beautifully textured and quite pure with a positive finish. Drink it over the next decade.”Wine Advocate 95 points

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Relic Cabernet Sauvignon Artefact 2012 Product #30169 (In Stock)
Relic Cabernet Sauvignon Artefact 2012 Relic Cabernet Sauvignon Artefact 2012

343 cases made; 5 available.  Always Mike Hirby's top wine, the 2012 Artefact Cabernet is simply stunning in 2012.  It's a blend of 98% Cabernet Sauvignon and 2% Petit Verdot from three great vineyards.  About 75% of the fruit comes from Kenefick Ranch, just next door to Araujo's famous Eisele vineyard in Calistoga. The remainder of the Cabernet comes from Corona Vineyard in Oakville, adding structure and minerality to Kefefick's plush fruit.  Finally, the Petit Verdot is from the legendary Stagecoach Vineyard overlooking Soda Canyon.  Rich, powerful, complex, and very limited.

“An outstanding wine is the 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Artefact, which comes primarily from the Kenefick Ranch in Northern Napa. Dense blueberry and blackberry fruit mixed with camphor, charcoal embers and spice box are all present in this long, deep, full-bodied Cabernet Sauvignon that is supple enough to be drunk now, or cellared for 10 or 15 years.”Wine Advocate 94 points

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