Robert Parker's Wine Advocate 98pts:
The 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Special Selection exhibits an opaque purple color, slightly more toasty oak in the aromatics, and explosive richness on the attack, mid-palate and length. The nose is slightly more restrained than in the regular bottling, but there is no doubting the Special Selection is a cut or two above the Napa bottling when it hits the palate. Extraordinary purity of fruit, creme de cassis, licorice and incense all emerge from this full-bodied, iconic classic. It can be enjoyed now and over the next 25+ years.
Wine Spectator 96pts:
A seductive style that’s openly fruity, showing supple plum and black cherry notes, with floral scents and spices, turning creamy and gaining a mocha-espresso-vanilla scent that’s enticing. Finishes with a smooth texture, fine-grained tannins and then another burst of fruit. Drink now through 2025
Origin: Guadalupe Valley Blend: 93% Grenache, 7% Petite Sirah Fermentation: Traditional fermentation in open concrete tanks Ageing: 11 months in French and American oak barrels of several uses Tasting notes: Intense...
Wine & Spirits 90 Points Brisk and spicy, with a red cherry scent, this full-bore pinot is cradling all its fleshy fruit with a firm, oak-driven grip. It’s a lot of...
From the winemaker: This is a true estate wine, grown and vinified by myself in small batches. The wine showcases Marlborough, fresh and vibrant fruit. Well balanced with tropical fruits...