Organic, sustainable, and biodynamically certified, the Westwood Estate is committed to a long and healthy future for the vines that deliver such gorgeous fruit. This is an expressive blend of Syrah from Westwood’s unique Annadel Gap Vineyard with Cabernet Sauvignon from an organic vineyard in the Knights Valley. Composed by 100-Point maestro Philippe Melka & Maayan Koschitzy, it’s fantastically balanced and graceful with floral notes over robust black raspberry, coffee and white pepper. This relatively new winery is already getting a lot of attention for the superior quality of their wines and we feel pretty lucky to be getting in early before the acclaim goes to their heads (and their prices).
In its third vintage, this superbly expressive red blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, and Mourvedre emits scents of jasmine, plum blossoms and cafe mocha. Winemakers Philippe Melka and Maayan Koschitzky fermented the wine in closed-top stainless steel tanks as well as a French oak upright tank. Aged in 30% new French oak for 20 months. The palate mirrors the nose, adding a graceful array of floral notes with more robust flavors ascending to heavenly levels of black raspberry, coffee, and dots of white pepper that cause the mouth to salivate.
The 2018 Legend Proprietary Red is an interesting blend of 45% Syrah, 29% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Mourvèdre, and the rest Cabernet Franc, Tannat, and a splash of Petit Verdot. Its deep ruby/purple color is followed by loads of blackberry and blueberries fruit intermixed with plenty of peppery herbs, menthol, and graphite. This rich, full-bodied effort has a delicious juiciness, polished tannins, and a notable sense of class and balance.