21 Grams is art and wine collaboration with renowned artist, Makoto Fujimura and winemaker, Jamie Brown. This wine is always a 75% plus cabernet-based Bordeaux-style blend with the primary Cabernet coming from 45-year-old, “Fan Trained” vines from Cold Creek Vineyard. Cold Creek is St Michelle Wine Estates top vineyard. To stay away from a recipe mentality, Jamie blind tastes and rates all wines in his cellar and then does the cabernet-base blend blind before he starts refining the blend with other Bordeaux varietals to make what eventually becomes 21 Grams. Every year since its inception in 2005, a hand-selected piece of art from International renowned artist, Makoto Fujimura, has graced the label for each vintage of 21 Grams. We take the utmost pride in replicating Mako’s art, using only the best printing techniques to showcase the depth and layers of the original art. Makoto Fujimura is the preeminent, Nihonga artist of his generation. Nihonga is an ancient Japanese technique, using only elements of the earth for the pigments and surfaces, such as azurite, malachite, mica, gold leaf, silk, animal hide, or fishbone. We hope you will enjoy this wine-art collaboration as much as we enjoy creating it for you.
High-toned aromas of cranberry, herb, black licorice and dried cherry are followed by tightly wound dark-fruit flavors backed by firm tannins. The finish extends into the distance. It's a highly structured wine, with its best days far in front of it. Best from 2021 through 2027.~SEAN P. SULLIVAN~Cellar Selection-93 Points