61% Shiraz, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Grenache, 4% Cinsault, 4% Mourvedre, 4% Viognier
 
Floral offering up both violets and honeysuckle along with a very immediate  apricot note, with the lift of viognier coming through quite strongly and adding a nice accent to mineral and herb inflected, smoky, grilled meat and jammy black fruit aromas.  Powerful and in a way quite fruity though neither sweet nor sticky in the mouth with solid underlying acids. This is a big wine but it remains transparent and lively in the mouth with layers of earthy black plummy and berry tinged fruit framed by a meaty, leathery aspect all supported by noticable but well judged oak spice and tannin. The finish is savory and a perhaps a touch rustic, though long with excellent persistence to the fruit and with the sweet note on the finale that a little viognier can add.  This is really a lovely wine that should appeal to a wide audience. Great steak wine. 91pts
 
 
56% Carmenere, 31% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Syrah
 
Black plums framed with pencil shavings and some fresh herbs and nettles dominate the nose though a nice undercurrent of strawberry-rhubarb compote adds depth and complexity here. Big, smooth and frankly a bit taut in the mouth, this combines richness with grace as it gently floats across the palate. This seems quite young and unevolved with it’s tight core of gentle oak framed black currant and black raspberry fruit that seem to struggle to get noticed today. A streak of vanilla appears on the backend and leads to a long, gently tannic finish that sees fine, fresh black cherry and wild blackberry fruit emerge on the finale. This needs time and is very fine but to a certain extent it’s a texture wine in the way that many of the super tuscans are. It’s a wine of refinement more than anything else.  91pts
 
 
60% Cabernet, 30% Merlot, 5% Malbec, 5% Syrah
 
A bit of sweet oak shares the nose with a nutty toastiness and some blackberry and black currant fruit that has a nice gentle sweet herbal top note. A bit soft in the mouth but more closed feeling that flabby, this has a lovely core of fruit, framed with chocolate there’s a nice pool of slightly dense blackberry fruit on the palate. The tannins are not abundant but they do help add some definition to this in the mouth and there's a subtle savory black olive and leather notes on the backend adding complexity. The finish is a bit dry and austere, adding a bit of gravitas in the mouth. Today this needs a rich steak to help absorb some of the weight but with time this might soften nicely.  88pts
 
 
Sangiovese, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon
 
Softly twiggy and tea like on the nose with gentle undercurrents of oak spice adding some support and sweetness to the red cherry and raspberry aromas. Fairly light bodied in the mouth, this blends good acidity and slightly austere yet modest tannins with a slightly herbal shaded core of red fruit. A touch indistinct perhaps, this gains definition on the backend where fine dry red and black fruit flavors begin to emerge along with a hint of licorice. Dry and a bit short on the finish, this nonetheless invites another sip. A bit understated and with just a shade of elegance to the bright cherry fruit on the finish. This would be lovely with simply grilled lamb chops. 88pts
 
 
50% Syrah, 20% Grenache, 10% Mourvedre, 10% Zinfandel, 10% Petite Sirah
 
Pencil shavings and wood spice, accompanied by a little heat, greet the nose followed by understated and earthy black fruits along with a sweet candied violet floral top note. This is big, black and a bit chewy in the mouth with fairly significant tannins covered by the rich fruit. not particularly my style of wine but I can see the appeal and have to admit to enjoying this for what it offers. There’s well integrated wood here, and while the acidity is not obvious there’s enough of it to keep this from imploding in the mouth allowing it to fill the mouth with rich, chewy , dark blueberry fruit that shows excellent persistence on the long slightly spicy and slightly hot finish. Big, bold but not aggressive, this is going to make many people happy. Serve it with BBQ beef ribs. 88pts
 
 
31% Cabernet Sauvignon , 28% Malbec, 27% Merlot, 14% Petit Verdot
 
Sweet and slightly gamy on the nose with hints of grilled lamb and bitter chocolate framing the core of violet tinged black cherry and black currant fruit that’s topped with a hint of mint and wood spice. Soft and broad on  entry, this lacks a touch of focus in the mouth though it does show attractive black currant and cedary oak flavors with a fine base of wood tannins adding a bit of mouthgrab. The violet tone returns on the back end and make a brief appearance on the finish which is otherwise dominated by the wood tannins, which clip the finish a bit. A bit soft but not sweet. 87pts