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90-92 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - April 2013
(83% merlot and 17% cabernet franc; 28 h/h production): Opaque purple-ruby. Perfumed aromas of red cherry and sweet spices complicated by rose petal, white pepper and minerals. Then suave and juicy on the palate, offering pure flavors of red cherry jam, raspberry and vanilla nicely framed by lively acidity. Finishes impressively long, with a steely quality and repeating floral notes. The cabernets were harvested very late here, from October 20 through 23. Technical director David Suire told me that this was due to a 15-year-old parcel of cabernet franc vines that had been grafted over from cabernet sauvignon because of the estate's dissatisfaction with the sauvignon's quality. But the grafting caused the vines to ripen even later and it was necessary to wait them out in 2012.