(blended with 24% cabernet franc): Bright medium ruby. Lovely violet lift to the intense aromas of cassis, licorice and bitter chocolate, complicated by sexy mocha and earth tones; a real essence of Oakville. Wonderfully plush and sweet in the mouth, with captivating minty lift to the pliant dark raspberry and spice flavors. Finishes very long, with noble, rising tannins that coat the teeth. An outstanding and very suave wine in the making: I love the cabernet franc element here.
Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: May/June 2013
Wine Spectator | Rating: 92
A rich, gutsy effort, dense and extracted, with firm tannins cloaking the dark berry, cedar, tobacco and black licorice notes. Tannic from the get-go, this wine will benefit from cellaring. Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc.
Author: James Laube
Wine Advocate | Rating: 97
The 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Coeur de Vallee is laced with freshly cut flowers, sweet red berries and mint. Weightless and crystalline, the 2010 is pure silk and finesse. The Coeur de Vallee is always the most elegant of Morlet's Cabernets, and the 2010 plays true to type. Sweet floral notes add lift on the finish. The 2010 is gorgeous today, but it needs a few years in bottle to blossom fully. This is yet another tremendous wine from Luc and Jodie Morlet. The 2010 is 76% Cabernet Sauvignon and 24% Cabernet Franc. Anticipated maturity: 2020-2030.
A bit disappointing. The fruit was there, but not the depth or the power that I'm used to with a Morlet or a To Kalon wine. Very closed and not as seductive as I expected. I think the 2010s need more time than is usual for Napa Cabs -- wish I had more of the older vintages to carry the load!