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Professional Ratings: 91 Wine & Spirits, 90 International Wine Cellar
Region: Napa Valley, California
Varietal: Other Red Blends
Other Info: Collectible Wines
Item no. 118855
Wavelength's claim to fame lies in the unusual pairing of Syrah and Cabernet Franc – fifty/fifty. It is unlike any other wine that we make – or any other people make – that we know about. The cool climate of Sugarloaf Mountain coupled with deep aging in barrels produces a great wine.
Blend: 50% Syrah, 50% Cabernet Franc
Jonathan Malthus of Château Teyssier in St-Emilion and The Colonial Estate in Barossa is releasing the first vintage of his new project in Napa Valley, World's End. This blend, half cabernet franc and half syrah, is more than a clever midpoint between his home base and his Australian project. Grown in the cool hills southeast of the city of Napa, there's a fragrant logic to this wine that makes the blend compelling. It's fresh and bright, the purple richness of syrah checked by the edgier details of cabernet franc's tannin. That tannin seems to open up the flavors of the wine, bringing out mineral notes and red tones in the fruit. Firm and complete, this blends tension and richness together in a delicious red for steak frites.
Good full medium ruby. Very reticent nose hints at blueberry, kirsch, licorice and violet, plus a whiff of smoked meat. Dense but pliant, even if the black fruit flavors are a bit youthfully stunted. Very ripe and broad but the tannins are a bit dusty and dry. Today this doesn't yet come alive, but it would appear to have all the elements to make a very good bottle.