2011 Mad Hatter Red Wine
A uniquely cool and late growing season, 2011 delivered wines with dark color, natural acidity and freshness, and a decidedly European aromatic profile. The fruit extracted easily in the fermenters, and the resulting wine went straight to barrel without settling or fining. The latest vintage of Mad Hatter is immediately open and enjoyable, with great complexity and interest. While dark and concentrated, the wine has soft, polished tannins and can be enjoyed without decanting. While at this point this vintage is already in a good place, it will continue to evolve for the coming 10-12 years.
90 James Laube
Offers a solid core of rich, dense cedar, dark berry and crushed rock notes, ending firmly tannic and chewy, with persistent flavors. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Drink now through 2022. 2,000 cases made.
Blend: Cabernet Sauvignon 61%, Merlot 22%, Cabernet Franc 13%, Petit Verdot 4%
Aging: Aged for 22 months in 60% new French Oak barrels
2010 Mad Hatter Red Wine
95 California Wine Advisors
Rich, plush, and forward, this superstar effort is exemplary of the vintage. Deep and dark in the glass, aromas of black cherry, cassis, and bouquet garni waft from the glass. The tannins are polished and charming while expansive on the palate, furnishing layers of currant, cassis, cherry, and juicy red berries. Given the intensity of this wine, there is no doubt that it will continue to deliver pleasure for at least another decade.
2009 Mad Hatter Red Wine
The wine is ebullient with pure, uninhibited fruit aromas—black cherry, plum, strawberry—as well as baking spices and kirsch, which add a lift and exciting fragrance. On the palate, there is a roundness and polish that make the wine accessible and wholly enjoyable immediately, even without decanting. There is certainly enough density and structure for the wine to age for ten or more years; however, there is significant enjoyment to be had right away.
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