2016 Picayune Padlock Red$31.99
EFW -The new release from Picayune sees a change up in the blend with more Cabernet Sauvignon this time around at 36% along with 36% Cabernet Franc and 28% Merlot in the mix. Picayune is sources juice and barrels as a micro negotiant would, from high end sources that can't be disclosed. If the sourced juice was bottled under its official label could potentially be double or triple the price. Winemaker Claire only looks for juice that is balanced with more restraint for California. Berry, cassis, and peppercorn with touches of earth, sturdy tannins, and structure. More vivacious than the previous year with a touch more power but doesn't lose track of elegance. The perfect food wine and has made its way on to restaurant dining lists including the French Laundry. Picayune has seen the first price increase in 10 years, just a couple of bucks, which is unheard and even at this price its the best in it's class on the market.