2014 Clos Solene Fleur de Solene, Paso Robles, USA

$89.99 USD

Rated 94 points Vinous
Brilliant purple. Highly perfumed aromas of ripe dark berries and cherry, complicated by suggestions of vanilla, mocha and candied licorice. Juicy and expansive on the palate, offering gently sweet cherry-vanilla and black currant flavors and a suggestion of peppery spices. Shows impressive energy and lift on a very long, smoke-accented finish framed by smooth, late-arriving tannins.

Rated 93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
A blend from all of the sites Guillaume works with, the 2014 Fleur de Solene (70% Syrah, 20% Grenache and 10% Cabernet Franc) is another winner from this guy who can do no wrong. Loaded with notes of plums, exotic flowers, mint and hints of green herbs, this medium to full-bodied, rich and beautifully textured 2014 is ready to go, but should keep nicely through at least 2024.At a good drinking stage, featuring pure, ripe, youthful blackberry, wild berry, mocha and cedar and herb notes framed by a tannic backbone that gives the fruit traction on the finish. Ends with a burst of black licorice.A superb Cabernet that's ripe, plush and deeply concentrated, with tiers of currant, plum, blackberry and spicy, cedary oak. Firmly tannic, lively and deep, revealing extra flavor nuances on the long, engaging finish.