Stephen Tanzer

2011 Cabernet Sauvignon – 92 Points

Bright medium red. Aromatic nose offers raspberry, incense, flowers and graphite. Ripe and nicely delineated, showing an Old World delicacy to the flavors of red berries, fresh herbs and minerals. Dense and chewy but without any impression of weight. The savory finish features refined tannins and sneaky sweet persistence. This would make a good match for version.
2011 Syrah – 91+ Points

Bright dark red. Slightly wild aromas of black cherry, aromatic spices and herbs. Bright and tight in the mouth, showing very good energy and thrust to the sharply delineated flavors of red berries, peppery spices and flowers. Sappy, fresh, and long, with lingering floral and pepper qualities. This rather polite Syrah calls for a bit of patience.

2011 Three Blondes and a Boy – 91+ points

Bright deep red. Inviting floral lift to the aromas of blackberry, licorice, cocoa powder, spices and violet. Juicy, savory, and concentrated in the mouth, with red berry and rose petal flavors complicated by earth and spice nuances. Finishes with firm tannins that call for a few years of cellaring.
2011 Echo Ridge Cabernet Franc – 91 Points

Moderately saturated medium red. A slightly swampy mocha note blew off to reveal aromas of violet, rose, marzipan, herbs and green olive. Then unexpectedly sweet and creamy on the palate, with perfumed flavors of red fruits, flowers, tarragon and sage. Rich, tactile, lightly saline Cabernet Franc with lovely lingering perfume.

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