91 Points - Wine Spectator
91 Points - James Suckling
We recommend decanting for a few hours before enjoying.
Will age gracefully in the cellar for 15-20 years.
The 2018 Mancino Lanciatore is a stunning wine of power and concentration. Its name translated from Italian means "left-handed thrower" and is an ode to the proprietor, Thomas Leonardini, Sr. and several other left-handed Leonardinis. Upon hand harvesting in the early morning hours, our grapes were carefully destemmed and sent to tank for a whole-berry fermentation. The grapes were cold-soaked in tank at 45 degrees for 4-7 days, allowing for increased color, aroma, and flavor extraction. After inoculation, the grape must (juice, skins, and seeds) fermented at 82 degrees, which allowed for a hot extraction on the skins. For fermentation cap management, the juice was pumped over the skins two times per day, wetting the cap evenly for a nice healthy fermentation. After fermentation and pressing, the wine was sent to 60% new French oak, 40% neutral oak barrels, aging for 26 months. The final blend for the 2018 Mancino Lanciatore is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon and was unfined and unfiltered.
The 2018 vintage was a near perfect growing season! Bud break began in late March to early April, leading to a Spring that was mild and dry. Flowering proved to be long and gave way to a healthy set of uniform grape clusters. Summer was also quite warm and long, leading to a cooling effect near the end of the season and into Fall. Throughout the vineyard growing season, there were no heat spikes, and the temperatures were steady and even-keel. The consistent summer weather encouraged our Cabernet Sauvignon grapes to ripen in late mid-September to late October when they were in perfect balance. The fruit is from our Estate vineyards in Rutherford, St. Helena, and the Oak Knoll District appellations. This 2018 wine was made from hand-selected grapes from our Cabernet Sauvignon small blocks of clone 8, clone 4, clone 30, and clone 169.
Winemaker: Jason Moulton
Appellation: 100% Napa Valley
Varietal Composition: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
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Rich and generous, with a deep purple hue. Aromas of crushed violets, ripe berries, blueberry pop-tarts, black currant, licorice, chocolate-coated espresso beans, allspice, and cedar box. Full-bodied with a plush, velvety texture.
Wonderful texture, and supple mouthfeel. Offering aromas of dark cherry, spice, and tobacco. A full mid palate with flavors of black cherry, blueberry-pomegranate and cherry cola, embellished with toasty oak.
Deep garnet-purple in color, with notes of crushed blueberries, ripe, fresh blackberries and warm cassis plus hints of bay leaves, bark and lavender. The medium-bodied palate is chock full of crunchy black fruits, framed by ripe, grainy tannins and bold freshness.
Aromas of sliced apple, white peach, notes of freshly baked bread with tones of lemon zest. Sleek and rich, features concentrated McIntosh apple, pear, and honeydew melon flavors, with a creamy nuance. Light buttery notes fill the lusciously spiced finish.
Rich dark black fruits, blueberries, blackberry bon bons, cassis, fragrant violets, tobacco leaf, and baking spices. Long, plush tannins alongside its dense fruit character. The palate delivers baked berry crisp, black and red fruits, toasted walnuts, brioche and cedar on the finish.
Polished with a very modern feel - think rich, concentrated, intense, deep and very long, with tons of sexy black fruit, and just the right touch of French oak. This stuff ROCKS for the price!
Lip Smacking Delicious!
Refreshing flavors of watermelon, cranberry, orange rind, fresh spring flowers and a whiff of strawberry leap from the glass... Dry, aromatic, and has a nice roundness and texture. Simply easy drinking, mouth-watering stuff that you know and love.
Aromas of fresh peach, Asian pear, citrus, and honeycomb to delight your senses. The flavors are just as complex with delightful, with hints of Madagascar vanilla, followed by fresh lemon, green apple, wildflower honey, stone fruit, and a touch of lavender. The rich, dense texture is balanced by its juicy acidity, leading to great minerality and a long, satisfying finish.
Showcases skill, balance and depth, offering juicy black cherry, strawberry and cola with savory notes of black tea, nutmeg and earth on its soft and refined palate. Drinking exceptionally well now with a fresh complex bouquet that draws you right into the glass that leads into a long satisfying finish.
Golden straw colored in the glass, wonderfully rich, it's loaded with roasted apple and stone fruit flavors wrapped in caramel, clove, nutmeg, and generous oak followed by a long and fresh lemon oil finish. Full bodied, utterly luscious and satisfies the palate completely.
Ripe, roasted apple, pear, pineapple and accented by caramel, clove and vanilla enter onto the nose and palate of this voluptuous wine, which is generous in oak and fruit. Pear, apple and citrus flavors combine around high-toned, floral aspects. A thread of honeysuckle adds aromatic intrigue that persists through the lengthy finish of creaminess as it goes.
Rich and full-bodied Zinfandel graced with elegant structure and richly nuanced flavors of blackberry, cherries, plum and ripe fig. A subtle waft of roasted coffee beans and lightly toasted almonds with soft raspberries in a luxuriously long and persistent finish.
Tropical, rich, with tons of layering and depth... aromas of key lime, papaya, gala apple, cherry blossom and lemon. Flavors of melon, lime, orange, sweet lemon, Asian pear.
Deep red hue and hints of violet teasing the senses with seductive aromas of dark fruits, wild berries, cocoa, baking spices, leather, and cigar box. Filled with saturated flavors of ripe blackberry, blueberry, cassis, cherry cola, ripe plum, fresh sage, licorice, clove, and roasted black walnut.
Cherry and black raspberry and chaparral on the nose. Currant, blackberry, mulberry and white pepper offer a savory finish that contrasts the hints of vanilla. Medium body. Racy, fine finish.
Blueberry, currant and sweet spice on the nose, clean and focused with silky layers of lush red fruit, surrounding a center core of damp earth and graphite. Subtle notes of sandalwood, and tobacco. Medium-bodied, polished and creamy with firm yet well-rounded tannins.
Earthy notes of coffee bean, plum, and black pepper. Flavors of juicy black currant and black cherry explode on the palate. An uplifting freshness is carried through the mid-palate with complex and dense tannins.