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.
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