Finally landed one of these beauties and the wine did not disappoint. Big and bold and expressive. Got better over the evening and paired up nicely with a tenderloin. Have to say though, it wasn’t spectacularly better than Central Coast Syrahs I’ve had from Saxum, TH Vineyards, Epoch or Law. Not saying I won’t seek out another one but I am feeling good about my cellar. I get though that there is not a direct linear ratio between cost and quality and sometimes an incremental but important change comes at a price. Having said all this, the wine is great and the makers are to be celebrated. I really admire what they do. — 3 years ago
Tasty and complex red — 4 months ago
Last of my bottles. This has a profile that seems to allow for early drinking, and the tannin and acidity here don’t make me regret finishing these (though I’m sure this will be just fine for 5+yrs in this type of profile).
Between a 92-93 here. One of my bottles poured for a big Paso theme (2010 Epoch Block B, 2015 Torrin Akashi, 2012 Saxum JBV, and others), this was close to pop and pour. When I first had this two years ago, it had a reductive/smoked meat profile on the nose that has disappated. Aromatics show lots of black cherry, black raspberries, amaretto, baking spices and espresso. Quite perfumed. The palate is juicy and lush, with more high toned black fruits, cedar, a roasted character and a lip smacking jamminess on the finish. Unabashedly Paso.
As an aside, it’s crazy how these can be found around $50 now after Constellation bought this label out...I paid $75! Good value at $50, not so good at $75. — 2 years ago
Loved this one. Rich and earthy like a Cabernet without all the astringency. Karen’s favorite. — 2 years ago