This vintage has powerful yet harmonious fruit and oak balance. Classically structured with great lift, the 2013 Four Flags includes rich cassis, black cherries and pine nut nuances. Add savory ripe tannins, toasty oak, exotic spices of coriander and cardamom along with a smoky texture and you can see how complex and dynamic it is right now. Equally important, there are clues as to where this wine is headed as it develops over the next decade.
The Wine Advocate - "Up there with the incredible 2012, yet in a more focused, tight, backwards style, the inky colored 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Four Flags comes from four separate vineyards (Klipsun, Grand Ciel, Ciel du Cheval and Upchurch) and exhibits classic Red Mountain characteristics of black fruit, smoked herbs, licorice, graphite and dusty minerality on the nose. Possessing serious intensity, full-bodied richness, ripe, yet present tannin and a fabulous finish, it needs to be forgotten for 4-5 years, and it will drink beautifully through 2038. "
Wine & Spirits - "Four Flags is drawn from four Red Mountain vineyards: Ciel du Cheval, Grand Ciel, Klipsun and DeLille’s own Upchurch vineyard. With those notable sources, it’s pretty big stuff, but there’s a brightness of tone piercing through the weighty blue gloaming that gives the wine its personality and charm. The blue-fruited flavors are dark and concentrated, but also tailored, round and comfortable. This needs to rest in the cellar; then decant it for a New York strip."