The 2012 Mystique has a deep garnet black rim with opaque core. A rich nose of black currant, cedar shavings and blackberry liqueur explode from the glass. Lush and emollient upfront, the palate is layered with chocolate, roasted almonds and fudge brownie. A flamboyant offering with a full, thick mouth feel, fleshy and dense on the finish with fully integrated tannins, sweet fruit and great length. Terrific right now and will shine for a decade. A blend of 50% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Franc, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon.
The 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon is more focused and reserved than the Mystique and delivers classic black currant, chocolate, cedar and herb aromas and flavors as well as a medium to full-bodied, balanced mouthfeel. Just bottled at the time of this tasting, it will most likely put on weight in the next year or so and drink nicely for 7-8 years. It’s a rock solid bottle of wine that sells for a song.
The 2011 Boss Block is a 100% Cabernet Franc aged in 50% new French barrique for 24 months. Medium garnet with darkened core. Aromatic nose of chocolate covered cherries, Italian plums with hints of cinnamon and baked brie. Secondary notes of lavender, cinnamon, nutmeg and clove. Floral and upfront on the palate with black cherry, licorice and Vanilla. Finishes with firm tannins married with dark chocolate, luscious berry, vanilla bean and savory herbes de Provence. Open 4 hours before drinking or hold until 2016.
The 2011 L'Orage is a blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon and 25% Cabernet Franc matured in 50% new French oak for 24 months. Deep garnet with opaque core. Classic nose of crushed stone, cassis, graphite with lavender and spice. Tightly wound with earth and black fruits, remind you of left bank Bordeaux. Initially on the palate the wine displays great weight with fruit notes of kirsch, umami, cedar and spice. With two hours of decanting, mouth coating flavors of bittersweet chocolate and black currant abound. Balanced and stylish, finishing with cassis and fine, sweet tannins. Best decanted 4 hours prior to enjoying.
The incredible 2010 Block 1 comes from estate vineyards and is a 100% Cabernet Sauvignon that spent 28 months in French oak. Massively concentrated, it offers up an ultra-rich, meaty bouquet of smoked black currants, sage brush, mint, dry-aged beef and brown spice that gives way to a full-bodied, muscular 2010 that has a serious amount of fruit and texture that’s cut by juicy, lively acidity and ripe tannin. It should be decanted for an hour or more if drinking anytime soon. It’s a unique, thrilling effort that will benefit from short-term cellaring and drink well for 15-20 years. Drink 2016-2030.
Even more ripe and exotic on the nose, with notions of espresso roast, lavender, smoked duck, charred herbs and black fruits, the 2010 Singularity (100% Syrah aged 30 months in 100% new French oak) flows onto the palate with a gorgeously full, rich texture that carries layers of fruit, juicy acidity and ripe tannin that emerges on the finish. A massive, decadently styled wine that walks a fine line on the oak profile, with a subtle sheen of charred wood, it nevertheless manages to hold everything together and is a thrill ride of a Syrah. It should shine for 10-15 years. Drink now-2025.