(14.9% alcohol; 67% cabernet sauvignon, 23% cabernet franc and 10% petit verdot; winemaker Jason Exposto left the merlot out of the blend as it did not have its normal aromatic complexity): Good deep medium ruby. Very ripe but lively aromas of black raspberry and licorice. Wonderfully rich, deep and fine-grained, but with integrated acidity restraining the sweetness of the plush raspberry and graphite flavors. This huge wine finishes long and strong, with substantial broad, supple, toothcoating tannins and lingering notes of nuts and roasted coffee. I retasted the impressive 2009 next to this wine, and I gave the 2010 a slight edge for its (relatively) cooler character and greater refinement. It will also need longer than the earlier vintage to reach its plane of peak drinkability.
Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: May/June 2013
Wine Spectator | Rating: 93
Explosive fruit is framed by cedary oak, with a core of blackberry and wild berry flavors that are firmly tannic and shaded by an espressomocha flavor that adds dimension. Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot.
Drink Dates: 2014-2025
Author: James Laube
Wine Advocate | Rating: 97
The 2010 Proprietary Red Estate is composed of 67% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Cabernet Franc and the rest Petit Verdot. A fabulous example of Oakville Cabernet, it exhibits a deep purple color as well as beautiful notes of lead pencil shavings, forest floor, blueberries, blackberries and blackcurrants, full-bodied power, and admirable purity and symmetry. It was bottled unfined and unfiltered. Drink it over the next 20+ years.