The 2018 Encosta is such a beautiful and expressive wine. A dollop of Cabernet Franc gives the 2018 gorgeous aromatic lift. Medium in body, with a spine of tannin, the 2018 is going to need a few years to come around, but it is a very attractive second wine from Gandona. I would open the 2018 in advance, as it really blossoms with air.
Composed of 92% Cabernet Sauvignon and 8% Petit Verdot, the 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Encosta has a deep garnet-purple color and explodes with a wall of fruit aromas - blackcurrant jelly, baked black cherries, blueberry compote and boysenberries - with underlying suggestions of cedar, cardamon and Indian spices plus a waft of menthol. Big, rich and full-bodied in the mouth, it has a beautiful velvety texture and loads of spicy sparks, finishing with a refreshing left.
- Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, 93 pts.