Our entry-level Cabernet blend, this vintage is composed of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Malbec, 4% Merlot, 3% Syrah, 2% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot (You may know that before France started their AOC (appellation) system in the 1930's it was common, during the 1800's, to import Syrah from Hermitage to blend with the wines of Bordeaux. These hermitage' wines often fetched higher prices in the English market than those which had not been "improved.") This soft, easy-drinking wine is a good introduction to the vintage, and while it will improve over the course of two to five years, it is not a wine intended for long-term aging.
"Mostly cabernet sauvignon, with small amounts of other Bordeaux varieties and 3 percent syrah, this blend is designed for ready enjoyment. At our tasting, however, it was tighter than that would imply, firm and gripping with blackberry and eucalyptus scents over earthy, lean tannin. Panelist Gilian Handelman commented, "You could put this wine down and it wouldn't be teriyaki when you opened it.""
Wine & Spirits
"Top Value. Offers aromas of ripe plum and berry, with spice and sage. Though firm and full-bodied, this reveals a sense of elegance and finesse, ending with integrated tannins. Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Merlot, Syrah, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Best from 2010 through 2016."
"Ruby-red. Spicy red- and blackcurrant aromas are complemented by cocoa and smoky minerals. Medium-weight red fruit flavors show good concentration, with velvety tannins framing the wine. The spicy note repeats on the suave, seamless finish. Ramey calls this his roasted chicken wine. "
International Wine Cellar