#69 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2012
This wine is dark purple in color. The nose reveals notes of toasted bread and smoke, with spices and blackberries. In the mouth, it is deep and develops on the ripe tannins.
Blend: 53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 42% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot
"The best ever wine from this estate (even better than their sensational 2005), this full-bodied wine offers notes of blueberry, black currant, asphalt and burning charcoal embers in a deep, layered and multi-dimensional style. It is impressively pure and well-built, with far greater concentration and length than I ever remember this wine having in the past. Forget it for 5 years and drink it over the following three decades."
The Wine Advocate
"This has a very solid core of black Mission fig, blackberry preserves and freshly roasted espresso flavors, woven nicely with hints of alder wood, tar and pastis. The long finish shows polish, with nice grip in reserve. Best from 2013 through 2022."