exercise with a Cabernet Franc-dominated wine, the 2013 Hexameter (a
500-case blend of 64% Cabernet Franc, 22% Cabernet Sauvignon and 14%
Merlot) is pushing
perfection. Its beautiful notes of acacia flowers, forest floor,
blackberries and blueberries interwoven with touches of barrique,
licorice and spice are followed by an even more intense and complex
palate with silky, ripe tannins, opulent, full-bodied texture,
and beautiful purity. A “wow” wine in so many different aspects, this
multi-dimensional classic should age beautifully for 20 or more years.
The wines of Ovid have been extraordinary since I first tasted them.
This is not a big property, just a mere 15 acres, high on Pritchard
Hill. Winemaker Austin Peterson gets consulting help from Andy Erickson,
and my recollection is that Michel Rolland also
provided assistance at some point. Viticulturalist to the superstars,
David Abreu, manages the vineyard. Everything they do is fermented in
concrete tanks except for the Syrah, and the wines typically spend just
under two years in mostly new oak and are bottled
with minimal, if any, clarification. All of these wines obviously
display great fragrance, purity and incredible equilibrium/balance.