Wine Maker: Cenyth
Wine Name/Vineyard: Cenyth
Wine Category: Red Blend
Grape blend: 47% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc, 8% Petite Verdot, 7% Malbec
Bottle size: 750 ml
Region: North Coast
State or country: California
Cases produced: N/A
The Barrel Cellar Score: 93 points
Review date: July 7, 2021
About the Winemaker: Childhood friends Julia Jackson and Helene Seillan, started Cenyth winery together. Helene grew up in both France and California and learned the wine trade from her family. Her father is in fact renowned winemaker Pierre Seillan. Helene, to this day, splits her time between Sonoma County and Saint-Emilion France, making wine at both Cenyth and her family’s estate. Cenyth is Helene’s expression of a French inspired Sonoma county wine.
Color: Deep Purple
Nose: Oak, plum, forest floor, tobacco, toasted sugar, and various floral notes.
Taste: Cherry, Cinnamon, Cedar, Red Delicious apple, wild mushroom, and a touch of smoke.
Assessment: If given the instructions to produce a wine with the best aspects of California’s North Coast and France’s Bordeaux region, I’m not sure anyone could offer better than what’s in this bottle. Cenyth is full bodied, has delightful grippy tannins, and is coating of the palate. The Sonoma influence results in a fruit forward wine, but it isn’t jammy nor one dimensional. The notes of forest floor, wild mushrooms, and mild oak tip off the wine maker’s Bordeaux inspiration.
In attempt to characterize the wine, I will call it “bold, yet reserved” there is no ignoring the backbone and structure the body and tannins provide, but the acidity is very low and the finish is sustained – though mild, with notes of honey suckle, dried herbs, and minerality. This is a serious wine, and will please even the most dedicated of wine conneseurs.
Cenyth is a fantastic wine and worth every penny. The Barrel Cellar gives it 93 points.
Pairing recommendation: Baked Brie with Appricot preserves, Duck or Rabbit Confit, and chocolate mousse.