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Dark red fruit, chocolate notes. On the palate this wine has intense dark red fruit with menthol, dark chocolate, and smoky beef, with hints of earth, leading to a rich finish.
Final blend: 50% Grenache, 50% Syrah
93 points, The Wine Advocate (August 2012): “…big, rich…radiant, generous finish…”
93 points, Jeb Dunnuck’s The Rhone Report (June 2012): “…beautifully perfumed and intense…”
92 points, Wine Spectator (July 2012): “Gorgeous blackberry and wild berry fruit is deep and intense…”
92 points, California Grape Vine (July 2012): “…nicely balanced for such a big wine.”
Pair with: Jambalaya, red beans with rice, grilled figs wrapped in prosciutto, braised short ribs, coq au vin, or by itself.
Just 475 cases made. Hold 8 to 15 years.
This wine was recently featured in The California Wine Club's wine of the month club.
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- Malcolm Moos from MD
Intense dark fruit suggesting black cherry, blueberry, prune balances firm, fine grained tannis that are very approachable now. Good chance a bit more cellering might be worth a try because the fruit is still quite intense. Despite an ABV of 15.4, there's no hint of excessive heat. I've advise serving this at cellars temperature nevertheless. Overall, this is a steller offering. -20 Points out of 20