The 2010 Contrarian opens with expressive notes of leather, truffle, succulent currant and lavender. On the palate, flavors of black fruit complement layers of intricately structured, fine-grained tannins that hold great density and weight. The lush mid-palate leads to a polished, supple and harmoniously-precise finish.
Final blend: 48% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Cabernet Franc, 20% Merlot
94 points, Wine Enthusiast (Aug. 2013): "...Blended from roughly equal parts of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot, it’s dry and tannic, but with a molten core of blackberries, cherries, blueberries, anise and sweet new oak. Very fine, very elaborate and complex..."
93+ points, Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar (May/June 2013): "...Tighter and higher-pitched on the nose than the Illustration, offering notes of black cherry, cassis, blackberry, violet, licorice and crushed stone…"
92 points, Connoisseurs' Guide (Apr. 13): "...generously filled wine shows layer upon layer of rich, well-ripened dark fruit, forest-floor-spice, loamy soils, black olives, coffee and sweet oak..."
90 points, Wine Spectator (Web 2013): "A graceful, elegant mix of black cherry, plum, mineral and loamy earth, ending with a subtle but persistent finish and lingering flavors..."
Just 642 cases produced.
This wine was recently featured in The California Wine Club's wine of the month club.