AO YUN 2014

Epicure - - CELLAR CHOICE -

Yun­nan’s most pres­ti­gious wine is the world’s new cov­eted claret. With lim­ited avail­abil­ity, it’s even more enig­matic. Ao Yun’s clas­si­cally styled Bordeaux blend, along with its cool cli­mate, high alti­tude ter­roir char­ac­ter­is­tics, will have you mar­vel­ling at its savoury, dense styling. 90% Caber­net Sau­vi­gnon and 10% Caber­net Franc bring lay­ers of cin­na­mon, dried Chi­nese red dates and per­sim­mons, as noted by Jean­nie Cho Lee MW. Chewy, firm tan­nins and fine min­er­al­ity keep it racy. $360 from Vinum Fine Wines This small but sig­nif­i­cant win­ery in St. He­lena has pro­duced the top-notch Danc­ing Hares brand since 2003. It’s busi­ness as usual af­ter it was ac­quired by Tuck and Boo Beck­stof­fer of the famed Napa Val­ley wine­grow­ing fam­ily in 2016, with wine­mak­ing now un­der Philippe Melka and con­sul­tant Michel Rol­land. Com­pris­ing Caber­net Sau­vi­gnon, Mer­lot, Caber­net Franc and Pe­tit Ver­dot, this deep-hued Bordeaux-style blend re­calls wild herbs, spice cake and co­coa notes, in a full-bod­ied, fine-grained pack­age. $295 from wine­hours.com

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