Winemaker Sam Kaplan will be sharing Arkenstone’s offerings on the 7-day private cruise I mentioned at the top of the email. While I’m not sure if their Estate Red 2015 will get onto the boat, this is a great representation of Arkenstone’s Howell Mountain vineyard. “Composed of 74% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Petit Verdot, 8% Cabernet Franc, 4% Merlot and 4% Malbec, the 2015 Proprietary Red Estate gives a deep garnet-purple color and aromas of spiced blackberries, fruitcake and plum pudding with suggestions of Indian spices, earth and underbrush, plus a touch of violets. Packed with rich, opulent fruit in the full-bodied mouth, it has a solid, fine-grained backbone and plenty of freshness, finishing long and multilayered.” – Wine Advocate, 97 Points. 500 cases were produced.