2015 asuka 375ml 96 Points
Asuka is the name of the town where Kenzo was born, and dually signifies a bright future and hope for tomorrow. In Japanese, it metaphorically describes the long-lasting aroma and elegant palate that continue to leave a lasting impression today, tomorrow and beyond. The 2015 vintage in the Napa Valley will be one remembered for its low yields, and epic quality. Produced in very limited quantities, this 2015 asuka vintage is an exciting return to its early days. For the first time since its 2009 debut, the composition is 100% Cabernet Franc, drawing from six standout blocks within our mountain estate vineyard. This single varietal offering underscores the true beauty of Cabernet Franc – savory, elegant and refined. The wine’s vibrant purple hue and aromas of honeysuckle, sage, and violet, with a hint of forest floor, flirt with the senses. On the palate, notes of classic cassis and red stone fruit lead to velvety, round tannins, that yield a racy young wine that is ready to drink now, but will only continue to curiously evolve in the bottle for years to come.