The Wine Independent: 97 Points
A blend of 83% Cabernet Sauvignon 7% Merlot 6% Cabernet Franc 3% Petit Verdot and 1% Petite Sirah the fruit for the 2021 The Bard comes from sites across the valley including some estate fruit and some sourced fruit. Deep garnet-purple colored it shoots from the glass with vibrant notions of crushed black currants red currant jelly black raspberries and pencil shavings giving way to notes of lilacs dark chocolate and a waft of spearmint. The full-bodied palate is firm with ripe fine-grained tannins and a lively backbone framing the tightly wound red black and blue fruit flavors finishing with great length and a real skip in its step.
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