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Paumanok Assemblage 2013
The 2013 Assemblage is a blend of 46% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Merlot and 18% Petit Verdot, about two-thirds of which was aged in new French oak; the rest in neutral oak. It comes in at 13.9% alcohol. Showing its oak a bit up front, this is still beautifully crafted with the same graceful and accessible feel as the winery's upper level Merlot and Cabernet this issue. Here, however, the grape blend does add a bit more complexity at the outset, once the oak blows off. It feels full in the mouth, but it doesn't quite have the personality of the pure Cabernet bottlings. The texture is also not, perhaps, quite as sensual, but it is still bursting with controlled flavors, a touch of herbs, a touch of cassis and a hint of vanilla--molding themselves into a more interesting whole. There's not much to argue about here. Which of the three upper level reds you like best will be a matter of taste--and when, in their evolution, you twist off the screwcap.
Wine EnthusiastDecadent yet finessed, this intensely ripe, concentrated wine brims with fleshy flavors of black plum and cassis. Tart cranberry acidity and complexities of olive, savory spice and granite push the palate into greater depths. The finish is long, marked by fine firm tannins. It's lovely already, but should meld beautifully from 2020-2030 and further.