My #1 the group’s #5(tie)
Just gorgeous on the nose, sharp and savory with coffee and green herb accents to the core of meaty dark berry fruit. The oak impact is modest here adding an attractive burnt sugar and spice note but not becoming intrusive. Absolutely fresh, precise and transparent on the palate with a tense mouthfeel supporting simple if pure and vibrant fruit that never seems overwrought. There’s some mineral notes as well, adding a little complexity. Absolutely gorgeous and drinking at peak. 93pts
My #2 the group’s #3
Perhaps a little under-ripe on the nose but at the same time this is quite focused with floral framed, fleshy red fruits that are tart and candied smelling with coconut accents. Bright and precise in the mouth with a touch of oak early on the palate followed by an austere and fresh feel.  Smaller scaled with crisp black and red fruits supported by bright acids and fresh little tannins that add energy and length to the finish  Just lovely 92pts
My #3 the group’s #1
earthy and refined on the nose with plenty of nicely integrated oak framing candied black cherry and black raspberry fruit. Nutty nuances and a fine green olive note add attractive complexity. Smells like old school cabernet. Hard in the mouth and tannic, though well balanced with earthy black cherry and blackcurrant fruit. This is powerful and a bit tight today, with tannins lending an earthy edge to the fruit. This should continue to improve. 92pts
My #4 the group’s #4
Spicy and oaky on the nose with graphite and dried herbs layered over hard, fresh black currant fruit. Dry, hard and austere in the mouth. There’s some nuanced blackberry fruit on the palate and this feels a little extracted but it’s well balanced with great length. Tannic and hard, this is too lean to be from california. I bet it’s Bordeaux. Not a great vintage but a very well made wine for the cellar. A vin de garde. 90pts
My #5 the group’s #7
Low key on the nose  and slightly herbal with minty overtones to the mild black currant fruit. A touch of old cellar and old aromas add  a rustic edge along which along with mineral and blueberry notes add fine complexity. Rather rich in the mouth with plenty of currant and cherry fruit that is supported by soft tannins. A little shallow on the palate and a touch short, this shows a little heat on the finish as well. 88pts
My #6 the group’s #2
Chalky and earthy on the nose with subtle vanilla oak shadings framing focused, spicy cabernet fruit all curranty and blueberry toned. This smells like old school Napa cabernet. Light and a bit austere on entry with crisp, earth red fruits on the palate and a smooth integrated mouthfeel that’s built as much on acid as it is on tannins. The fruit comes off as nicely candied though tart with a zesty edge that drives the modest finish. A lovely wine though it comes off as bit simple. 88pts
My #7 the group’s #5(tie)
Sweet and gingery on the nose with aromas of coffee grinds and ginger layered over black fruit that shows some hints of weediness. This is fairly dominated by the oak though. Round and bright with acid on the palate, this is broad in the mouth and front loaded with fruit then turning compact and earthy and hollowed out by dry wood tannins on the mid-palate. the finish is mostly drying oak. Not much to like here. 82pts
My #8 the group’s #8
Sweet on the nose with tea scents and a hint of mint over pruny, over-ripe blueberry jammy and cinnamon spiced fruit. rather red fruited in the mouth with a candied quality to the plum and cherry fruit.Soft tannins offer some support but this clumsy, short and hot in the mouth with a sticky finish. 80pts