2013 Paumanok Cabernet Sauvignon

Long Island | Cabernet Sauvignon

Mark Squires, eRobertParker. 90pts

"The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon in fact has 16% Merlot and 2% Petit Verdot. It was aged for 12 months in French oak (only 16% new, the rest neutral). Along the lines of the winery's lovely White Label Merlot reviewed this issue, this White Label (the "regular" bottling, in other words) is quite excellent in this vintage. Your tastes will determine which of the two you like better. The Merlot is more restrained and has a bit more of what I might call a brooding feel to it. This is richer in flavor with a sweet edge, perhaps a bit of oak showing through as well as the fruit. Of the two, it will be the "wow" wine. It has about the same intensity level; they both have excellent structure for the level. It doesn't have the lushness or the sense of coating the palate as the Merlot does. The Merlot would also get the nod for complexity while this seems to be a bit sexier. They are both pretty fine this year and they may swap roles as they evolve. At the moment, I'd lean to the Merlot, but it isn't a clear cut decision"