This wine is true to the vintage and the vineyard it comes from. The focused and yet soft middle palate is at once indicative of the vintage and the vineyard's characteristics. The fruit is bright and yet giving. The middle structure of this wine is softly set and so allows for a great deal of immediate pleasure as well as an authentic promise of complexity to come should the wine be stored. We like it now, if opened for a few hours, with a great variety of food including seafood with almost anything but a cream sauce. Perfect as it is with those foods, it is able to add much to a variety of meats. Anything with a fruit based sauce or smoke is greatly enhanced by the savory kitchen herbal facets of the wine as well as a black fruit profile. Nice wine.
Blend: 43% Merlot, 38% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Cabernet Franc, 2% Malbec
"Starting the 2010s and from a warmer, windy terroir located in the western part of Yakima Valley, the 2010 Two Blondes Vineyard is made from a blend of 43% Merlot, 38% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Cabernet Franc and a splash of Malbec that spent 21 months in barrel. Its ruby, semi-opaque color is followed by a medium-bodied, elegant effort that has notions of red plums, underbrush, licorice and cedar on both the nose and palate. Finesse oriented, yet reserved aromatically at the moment (especially when compared to the 2009), it should flesh out nicely with another year or two of bottle age and drink well for 7-8 years after that.
Range: 92+ Points"
The Wine Advocate
"Firm in texture, with juicy blackberry and cherry fruit pushing through a layer of fine tannins and extending expressively onto the finish. Displays a pleasant sense of tension. Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Malbec"
"(a blend of 43% merlot, 38% cabernet sauvignon, 17% cabernet franc and 2% malbec): Good deep red. Musky, wild aromas of raspberry and flowers. Sweet and suave on entry, then a bit edgy in the middle, showing moderate flesh but very good juicy intensity to its red berry fruit. Best today on the long, smoky, fine-grained finish. A very good vintage for this idiosyncratic wine. "
International Wine Cellar