This Blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot boasts a beautiful deep ruby color with aromas of plum, cherry, cedar, and cloves. Soft tannins are created by extended barrel and cellar aging, while also increasing complexity. Large format Bordeaux blends have the benefit of extended aging potential.
90 Points, The Wine Advocate
“The 2015 Maximilien is a Bordeaux blend, mostly Cabernet Sauvignon, with 18% Cabernet Franc and 17% Merlot, aged for 16 months in an 80/20 mixture of French and American oak. Per the winery's often-seen aging regimen, the first nine months in wood were in mostly well-used barrels, meaning a mix of new to fourth use; the last seven months were in all neutral wood. It comes in at 13% alcohol.
In this vintage, said Morton Hallgren, the wines had good ripeness—not as much as 2016, but good. This does well; it's a little lean, structured and reasonably concentrated. The wood adds a touch of vanilla now, but that fades quickly. The finish is excellent. For a cool-climate blend, this succeeds on many levels and has some old-school finesse. Don't expect fat and sweet, of course—that's not the Finger Lakes. It will be better in 2021 or so and will age well. It is a nice value in a well-constructed food wine.” -MS, 6/28/19
92 Points, James Suckling
“The bright and ripe cassis nose with just a hint of smoky wood, draws you into the elegant, mid-weight palate, where the fine-grained tannins carry the finish quite some distance. A blend of 60 per cent cabernet sauvignon, 28 per cent merlot and 12 per cent cabernet franc. Drink or hold.” 10/30/18