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Templeton Gap Cabernet is a wine unto its own with Bordeaux type earthiness, spice, and ageability, but with plush, full tannin structure and depth that only California can provide. 2019 curated a spectacular expression of Cabernet with that exact balance of restraint and power, making it one of my favorite expressions from the estate thus far. The firm tannins from the Cabernet as well as some new French oak were polished by blending in some Malbec, and Petit Verdot added additional layers and structure.
Allspice, anise, and white pepper pop from the glass with an intensity that makes the wine immediately identifiable as Cabernet Sauvignon. A more earthy and incense driven side of pine needles, Christmas spice, and sweet tobacco ground the wine, but there is a ripe plumb and sweet cinnamon edge that add some needed richness. The entry of the wine is weighty and rife with black pepper and oozing anise, but with a pop of grapefruit that provides acidity. The palate is full and plush with tannin, with perfectly integrated oak providing hazelnut and vanilla to an otherwise savory profile of blackened steak and Felino salami. A moderate acidity carries from the mid through the finish in a non-assuming and supporting role that allows the full tannin structure to carry the weight all the way through to a finish of fig and molasses.