Fortunate Son, 'The Diplomat' Red Blend, Napa Valley, California, 2019
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Overview of the Wine
Fortunate Son is the culmination of more than two decades searching for small jewel vineyards and the fruit from them, handcrafted in the same,meticulous way as Hundred Acre. The 2018vintage of Fortunate Son was made at HundredAcre’s underground winery: The RING. In the future, Fortunate Son will be crafted at our new winery: The Fortunate Son Winery at the Historic David Fulton Vineyard Established in 1860.These wines are all brooding, elegant weapons,seductive and haunting, they will get your full attention and your love and become an integral part of your cellar’s strength.
Grape / Blend
Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petite Sirah
St. Helena, Napa Valley, California
Winemaker's Tasting Notes
A dark and rich wine sourced from small, family vineyards. Aged for 24-30 months in the finest French oak barrique. The stave wood is hand-selected for ultra-tight grain, then air dried for three years before being made into barrels.
95 Points - Wine Independent
Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2019 The Diplomat shoots out of the glass with bold notions of creme de cassis, blackberry pie, and mulberries followed by suggestions of dusty soil, Indian spices, and mossy tree bark. The medium to full-bodied palate is wonderfully plush, with a refreshing line to support the generous black fruit and exotic spice layers, finishing with a compelling red berry burst. "This is a classic Claret (it says Teralc on the label, which is Claret backwards) with a lot of old-vine Merlot in the blend," says owner Jayson Woodbridge.
94 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Riper and substantially more expressive than the 2018, Fortunate Son's 2019 Red Wine The Diplomat is a plush, luscious wine, laden with black cherries, mocha and loam notes. It's full-bodied, rich, velvety and supple, with a lingering finish. Like the previous vintage, it's mainly Cabernet Sauvignon, with a fair whack of Merlot.
94 Points - Jeb Dunnuck
The Merlot-dominated 2019 The Diplomat comes from a handful of sites and would give a great Pomerol a run for its money with its darker red and black fruits, smoky herbs, and earthy goodness on the nose. These carry to a full-bodied, rounded, opulent 2019 with sweet, building tannins and a great finish. Give it a few years.
Product size: 750ml