42% Petit Verdot, 34% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 24% Syrah $95
Showcasing the brilliance and distinction of old-world Bordeaux in a new world chassis, this wine presents textural perfection. When we released the 2017 First Tracks two years ago, we thought it would be impossible to strike the same level of near-perfection ever again; this 2019 vintage of First Tracks is an absolute rival for Top Spot. Silken textured waves of blackberry and cassis fruit, with flares of savory dark chocolate, violets, raw tobacco and peppery herbs, weaved in phenomenal harmony. The ultra fine-knit tannin structure sets the stage for its performance of power, entertaining your palate long after the wine glass has been set down and the curtain has dropped. Like all our Black Label Spring Release wines, First Tracks is a show stopper and will continue to unfurl its immaculate and infinite layers with gorgeous balance and poise.
95+ points - Jeb Dunnuck