90% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc. Dark and inky. Black core. Rich, dark, intense and spicy. Very slightly raisined but not porty. Powerful, dense, full-blooded Merlot. Firm grip but in balance with the fruit weight. A way to go. (JH)
Author: Julia Harding MW
Wine Advocate | Rating: 94
Another top-notch effort, the 2008 is a blend of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc produced from yields of 30 hectoliters per hectare. It reached 14% natural alcohol, no doubt because of the extremely late harvest. A deep purple color is accompanied by massive notes of blackberries, incense, fruitcake, camphor and toasty oak intermixed with a crushed chalk-like minerality (a hallmark of this vineyard). The wine has softened considerably in bottle, and while it seems more structured than the 2010, it reveals a degree of accessibility.
Author: Robert Parker
International Wine Cellar | Rating: 92
Saturated medium ruby. Blackberry, licorice, violet and graphite on the nose; became more liqueur-like and exotic with air. Dense, chewy and sweet, with highly concentrated flavors of dark berries, violet and minerals. At once lush and gripping, and not at all overly exotic. Finishes very long, with a major load of tannins that will require at least six to eight years of cellaring.
Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: July/August 2011
Wine Spectator | Rating: 92
This is exotic and ambitious, with tiers of anise, violet, roasted fig, melted licorice and racy graphite offset by lush spice and blackberry confiture notes. The powerful finish lets everything play out with excellent definition. Unabashedly modern.