(a blend of 40% mourvedre, 20% each grenache and carignan, and 10% each syrah and petite sirah): Good deep red. Lovely aromatic nose offers cherry lifted by a floral element. Dense, sweet and seamless, with grenache cherry complicated by a wild mourvedre note and an estery quality from the century-old carignan element cropped at a ton per acre (the wine's mourvedre and grenache components are from 10-year-old vines). Finishes with firm tannins and noteworthy persistence. A very good showing.
Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: May/June 2011
Wine Advocate | Rating: 92
Composed of 40% Mourvedre, 20% Grenache and the rest Carignan, Syrah and Petite Sirah, the 2009 Ritual Proprietary Red showcases the beauty of these Rhone Ranger varietals. Lots of pepper, roasted meat, herb and red and black fruit aromas tumble out of the glass of this dark purple-colored wine. Terrific fruit intensity, a beautiful texture and a heady finish make for a supple, velvety, luscious red to drink over the next 5-7 years.
Drink Dates: 2010-2017
Author: Robert Parker
Wine Spectator | Rating: 94
Dense and powerful, with firm road tar, black licorice, blackberry, smoke and ripe berry flavors. Full-blown, deep and persistent, long and layered, promising even more in a year or two. Mourvedre, Grenache, Carignane, Syrah and Petite Sirah.
Big bodied. Plums on the nose. Mid palate acidity with decent tannic finish.
Author: Adriel L
Self | Rating: 91
I disagree with the professional ratings (again!). This wine is not dense. In fact, it is a bit mellow for a Syrah. Red berry flavors of red currants and cherries. It has a medium to full body with a soft finish.
Self | Rating: 95
wow. dense bold tar & earth at first...then softens on the pallate where spices & berries sit, linger. can't wait to try again in a year.