The 2011 Mystique is a Merlot-dominated blend that’s balanced out with 15% each of Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon. Aged for 16 months in one-year-old barrels, it possesses a deep, inky color to go with notions of smoke, tobacco, dark chocolate and herb-laced black fruits on the nose. Voluptuous, rich and textured, yet also elegant and admirably focused, it’s a knockout value that will impress for 5-7 years. Drink now-2018.
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 2010 Boss Block is a 100% Cabernet Franc that spent close to two years in 100% new French oak. Inky purple in color and concentrated, decadent and rich, it stays remarkable fresh and lively aromatically with dark chocolate-covered plums, roasted herbs, dried spices, pan drippings and charred earth all emerging from the glass. Similarly styled on the palate, with a full-bodied, structured and firm mouthfeel, it has beautifully integrated acidity, masses of tannin and a focused finish that pumps out serious length. It should be given 2-3 years of bottle age. Drink 2015-2025.
The 2010 L'Orage is ablend of two-thirds Cabernet Sauvignon and one-third Cabernet Franc that spent 24 months in half new and half once-used French oak barrels, the 2010 l’Orage is also fantastic and shows the deep, concentrated house style. Offering up decadent black cherry, black currant, spice box, lead pencil shavings and underbrush aromas and flavors, it doesn’t pull any punches on the palate and delivers massive amounts of fruit, texture and tannin. Firming up noticeably on the finish, it’s a broad, chewy effort that will benefit from short-term cellaring. It will have 12-15 years of longevity. Drink now-2025.
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.