93pts Wine Spectator
Deep ruby-colored, the 2016 Red Mountain checks in as a blend of 38% Merlot, 29% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Syrah, and the rest a mix of red varieties, all aged 20 months in 40% new oak. It offers a great bouquet of pure cassis and darker fruits as well as loads of cedar, dried flowers, and hints of new leather. Medium-bodied, seamless, incredibly pure, and layered, it's straight-up loaded with charm and a joy to drink. There's a decidedly Old World weight and style here, yet it doesn't skimp on fruit either. I'd be thrilled to drink bottles over the coming decade or so.
91pts Wine & Spirits
This estate blend is mostly merlot and cabernet, with cabernet franc, syrah, malbec and other varieties in trace amounts. It’s savory from the outset, with scents of cedar and pine bark, smoke and tarry traces of oak. The flavors are suave and plummy, driven by an amaro savor and a finish of lean, dried fruit, with the tannins for grilled goat.
It’s hard to believe that this classic-tasting Red Mountain blend came from such a hot year. This wine exudes a lot of dark plum, black cherry, lush cocoa, black licorice, earth, and a touch of cassis. There is quite a bit of that unique Red Mountain spice mix of cinnamon, clove, nutmeg and ginger. The palate is rich, lush, and full yet not overdone. It shows restraint but also has a power to it that is unmistakably terroir-driven. The flavors of chocolate, dark fruits, spice and a touch of vanilla a such a good combinationyou’ll find yourself sipping on this for hours; which is never a bad thing.