An over-achieving estate for a number of years now, this dense purple wine exhibits oodles of creme de cassis and licorice, hints of subtle barbecue smoke and toast, terrific texture and a long, succulent, fleshy finish. It is not all that dissimilar from the 2009 in terms of its flamboyance and drinkability, although I suspect that analytically the pH is slightly lower and the tannins a bit higher than those of its older sibling. Drink it over the next 10-15 years.
Author: Robert Parker
International Wine Cellar | Rating: 88
Good medium red. Ripe aromas of strawberry, coffee, milk chocolate and smoke, with distinctly wilder notes of leather and andouillette. Smooth and nicely concentrated, with the red berry and truffle flavors lifted by pepper and herb nuances. This easygoing wine is approachable already. Finishes with soft tannins and a light saline quality.
Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: July/August 2013
Wine Spectator | Rating: 89
Showy, ebullient plum and cassis fruit mingles in this red, with singed mesquite and cedar notes. A flash of tea runs through the finish, which is accessible now. Drink now through 2020. 11,450 cases made.
Author: James Molesworth
Jancis Robinson | Rating: 16
Very dark crimson. Very dark crimson. Exceptionally sweet with a sprinkle of sawdust on the end. Broad, chocolate-coated mulberries on the palate - so much sweeter than most! But in general there is good tannin management. Rather luscious.