International Wine Cellar | Rating: 90(a 60/40 blend of merlot and cabernet franc): Bright red-ruby. Enticing aromas of black cherry, licorice, espresso, minerals, violet and mocha oak. Juicy and intense, with harmonious ripe acidity giving shape to the nicely concentrated black fruit and chocolate flavors. Slightly high-toned but shows more energy than the 2009 release. Plenty of chocolatey oak here but has the stuffing to support it. Smooth tannins will not get in the way of enjoying this wine now, but there's no rush to drink it.Author: Stephen TanzerIssue: May/June 2013
Wine Spectator | Rating: 92Impressively focused and structured, this offers mixed berry and mineral aromas, with rich yet dense flavors of blueberry, dusty mocha and cedar. Hands off for now. Merlot and Cabernet Franc. Best after 2015. 1,600 cases made.Drink Dates: 2015+Author: Tim Fish
Wine Advocate | Rating: 89The 2010 Tenacious ratchets up the level of intensity and is less evolved as well as more full-bodied and structured than the 2009. Although approachable, it will be even better following several more years of bottle age, and should keep for a decade or more.Drink Dates: 2013-2023Author: Robert Parker
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Collector Data For This Wine
- 10 bottles owned
- 6 collectors