The 2016 Passion Red Blend is another beauty and checks in as mostly Cabernet Sauvignon blended with 19% Cabernet Franc and 6% Petit Verdot. This full-bodied, ripe, sweetly fruited effort has loads of jammy blackberry fruits, licorice, saddle leather, and graphite in its layered, charming, opulent profile. It’s already drinking great yet has another 15-20 years of prime drinking.
Passion by JCB Reviews
A blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Cabernet Franc and 6% Petit Verdot aged 20 months in 56% new French oak, the 2016 JCB Passion Proprietary Red is deep garnet-purple colored with lovely red currants, kirsch, black cherries and mulberries scents with hints of pencil lead, cigar box, underbrush and moss. The palate is full-bodied, concentrated, flamboyant and lively with a velvety frame, finishing long and earthy. 683 cases produced.
A blend of 90% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Petit Verdot, the deep garnet-purple colored 2015 JCB Passion Proprietary Red opens with a crème de cassis, char-grilled meat, garrigue and sautéed herbs-scented nose with notions of Indian spices, pepper and potpourri plus a touch of yeast extract. The medium-bodied palate is elegant, fresh, floral and finely textured, finishing long with some spices coming through. 1,468 cases were made.
The 2014 Proprietary Red Passion, which spent 17 months in 42% French oak and is a blend of 73% Cabernet Sauvignon and 27% Merlot, exhibits a complex, fragrant nose of unsmoked cigar tobacco, chocolate, camphor, vanillin and oodles of blackcurrant and blackberry fruit. It is long, rich, sensual, lush and best consumed over the next 12-15+ years.