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ANDREW LANE   "Barrel Select" Red Blend  Napa Valley 2012

Retail Price: $50

Value Rating: 2.7

Wine Factor: 1.5
Date Posted: March 1, 2019
Cases Produced: 400

Scores & Value Ratings Explained

DDWA Score: 90

Good Value

Mostly Merlot with Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot adding muscle, this falls into the Right Bank Bordeaux-style realm. The Andrew Lane Barrel Select red is impressively structured. A choir of healthy tannins wash over the gums while intensely flavored raspberries and wild cherries plus tobacco leaf, black tea, anise and cocoa flavors cross the palate. This is more structured and youthful than you’d expect a 2012 Merlot-based blend to be. I think it’s going to unwind and blossom over the next 4-5 years. I also find a piece of grilled (rare) beef or lamb, nicely salted, lowers the tannins and raised the fruit and other flavors as well as the finish. Do your self a favor and buy 3-6 bottles for your heavy protein dinners.

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