2018 LVA Rives Red
The nose is initially quite spicy, the Cabernet Franc tends to dominate, but with slight warmth and aeration, there is a lovely dark berry flavor that comes through, dusty cedar as well as bitter chocolate.
The palate is quite grippy with bolder tannins [due to the vintage] before the core of dark fruits come to the mid and back palate. The wine is quite lively though, the acid is quite high but balances out the slight austere nature of the wine.
As tough as 2018 was, this wine is a pleasant surprise and turned out really well. Intended for earlier consumption, this could easily see 5 years in the bottles.