2018 Unicorn of the Sea
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In many senses, things that seem fictional in nature or existence, come to life within the hatch. This vintage of “The Unicorn” is no exception. There’s a nose that comes in magical waves of Strawberry, Black Cherry & Peppercorn. The palate is equally mystifying; like a Narwhale beneath the Arctic Ice, bouncing between Ripe Red-Berry Fruit, Vanilla Beans, Cinnamon Sticks, Acid & Rugged Tannin.
Inspired by Paul’s work, “Five Viennese Psychoanalysts (The Unicorn)”, this concept was always intended for greatness. The original incarnation of The Unicorn was born of a series of barrels originally designated for Black Swift Vineyards, the wine progressed uniquely though, unparrelled in expression & character. This irreplacable evolution hatched the concept of “The Unicorn”, each vintage a stand-alone composition, a unique and seemingly unattainable thing. Much like the mythological creature in question or conversation, The Unicorn is ethereal & defiant of convention or repetition.
'There was no name for this wine when it was “Hatched,” so it was dubbed The Unicorn, and we know less now then we knew then about the mix. It’s a Hatch thing and its cult following seems to care even less. The wine is huge and dark and smoky on the nose with bits of black cherry and black raspberry fruit along with some elevated acidity and spice in the finish. A lifted, power red that will need time in the bottle. Best now with grilled or roasted meat dishes. 88 points'
- Anthony Gismondi, Gismondi on Wine Nov. 5 2019