Review: 2012 Dolin The Blue Note Malibu Coast

Dolin Malibu Estate Vineyards, located in the SoCal Malibu Coast AVA, has released its inaugural bottling of The Blue Note — a blend of 44% merlot, 36% cabernet sauvignon, and 20% cabernet franc. I’m intrigued already.

It’s heavy, heavy on the violet notes, particularly on the nose. The body however is initially quite tannic and tight — this is a wine that needs decanting or time in glass before it really opens up, at least today. Once it loosens its grip, the wine showcases more candied violet notes, fresh blueberries, mixed florals, and a smack of apple pie spices on the back end. The longer I keep this wine in the glass, the more I like it.

Could handle 5+ more years in cellar, but I’d say buy a few bottles and drink one now, and one every other year.

A / $45 / dolinestate.com

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