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93(+?) Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - May/June 2013
(15.6% alcohol; 75.9% cabernet sauvignon, 12.5% each cabernet franc and merlot, and 1.5% petit verdot): Saturated ruby-red color. Darker and more brooding on the nose than the estate bottling, hinting at cassis, bitter chocolate and earth. Then almost surprisingly thick and sweet in the mouth, with harmonious acidity giving shape to the flavors of black and blue fruits, espresso and black pepper. Finishes with slightly tough (Howell Mountain?) tannins and firm minerality. This has gained in texture and sweetness, without any loss of structure, since I tasted it from barrel a year ago.