70% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Franc. Barrel sample. Darkest crimson. Lovely open and inviting fragrance of Cabernet Franc: pencil shavings, wild fruits and so vibrant. Lots of fruit energy on the palate, too, attractively dry tannins with finesse and more marked freshness on the finish but also a very slight bitterness at the very end, although I think this will mesh better with a few years in bottle. (JH)
Anticipated maturity: 2025-2035
The 2018 Hosanna is rich and succulent, as it always is, and yet remains incredibly finessed on the palate. Inky dark fruit, chocolate, new leather, cloves, licorice and lavender all flesh out as the 2018 opens in the glass. Pliant and supple with silky tannins, the 2018 will drink well with minimal cellaring, if desired. As always, Hosanna is the most flamboyant of the Mouiex wines.
Anticipated maturity: 2026-2048