Glen Manor St Ruth Red

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"The 2014 St. Ruth (formerly known as the T. Ruth; the name changed with this vintage) is a blend of 46% Cabernet Franc, 46% Merlot and 8% Petit Verdot, aged for 20 months in a 40/60 mixture of new and used French oak. It comes in at 14.7%. Another Big Boy from Glen Manor this issue, this is brooding, with plenty of pop and substance. The big fruit and oak mingle to create a dark and burnished feel. It never seems sweet or laced with vanilla, just stern and tight. In that last regard, the tannins show up here rather prominently eventually, but they also receded with about 90 minutes of aeration. This is not ready to drink and it could use a couple of years in the cellar--give it at least one, please--but it shows a lot of promise. It has a very Bordeaux-like feel."

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