Rich on the nose with scents of tobacco, vanilla, dried herbs, plums and black currant fruit. Rather supple on entry, with a fairly rich mouthfeel. This is fairly fruit driven but the fruit is fresh and precise. Red plums, red currant, and some lingonberry fruits all come together on the palate over soft tannins and supportive acids to give this a rich feel. There are subtle oak, mineral earth and dried herb accents adding detail in the mouth with some strawberry flavors that lead to a moderately long, slightly chocolaty  finish. Showing just a bit of heat and extraction, this still manages to impress and the tart cranberry flavors of the finish show sneaky length. A bit of a powerhouse at the price. 86pts
 
 
Soft on the nose with a delicate raspberry tone  woven together with subtle hints of caramel, wood smoke and dried bay leaf. On entry this comes off as decidedly fruity in a classic Bordeaux style. Raspberry fruit is followed by red currant and an attractive hint of minerality and old wood. The texture is supple without being soft, supported by small, ripe tannins. This has a nice mineral note on the mid-palate, river stones that recall Graves. Finishing with freshness and austerity, and even a bit of elegance, this is a subtle wine but one that is quite charming with good length to the finish in a medium lightweight style.  Charming. 85pts
 
 
50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot
 
Dark, plummy and chocolatey on the nose with hints of candied berry fruit, something a bit pruny, and subtle peppery spice notes. Rich and chewy in the mouth, with lovely ripe tannins and integrated acids all supporting a somewhat chunky core of plummy, mineral edged fruit. This is medium plus bodied and in a fairly plush and polished style. Modern Bordeaux that shows a bit too much extraction and a fairly heavy load of tannin on the moderately long finish. the flavors here tend to the inky and plummy side of things and while this is pretty big it lacks a bit of elegance and clarity on the palate. 84pts
 
 
Faint aromas of cigar box and herbaceous herbs greet the nose followed by creamy and toasty aromas of black currant fruit with hints of ink and ash. Fresh and moderately rich on entry, this has some inky and bitter notes early on the palate, showing a bit of extraction that follows through the midpalate layered over blueberry and plum flavors. For all their bitterness the tannins are moderately soft and the finish does have an attractive bitter/fruity thing go with fine persistence to the black raspberry fruit.  A little forced and slightly chunky but in a firm, strict way that may appeal to lovers of classic Bordeaux. 84pts
 
 
55% Merlot 45% Cabernet Sauvignon 
 
Stemmy and a little weedy on the nose with some clay soil tones over candied floral and cherry fruit aromas. This shows some spicy cherry wood tones as well. Sort of cedary, though with a little more spice notes. Smooth on entry with licorice laced black fruits. this is polished but not complex, with rich fruit flavors that are a bit indistinct. A touch of wood and an herbal flourish adds some detail  as this moves to a brief, fruity finish that does offer an appealing sweet/tart quality to the  black curranty flavors.  This has decent structure and an attractive texture, medium bodied and focused, but it lacks definition in the mouth. 83pts