95pts Jeb Dunnuck
Ratcheting up the quality level, the 2016 Secret Blend Red Wine checks in as 71% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Cabernet Franc, and the rest Petit Verdot that saw an extended maceration and 20 months in 49% new French oak. Sourced from five sites in St. Helena and Rutherford, this beauty offers a sensational perfume of cassis, toasted spice, lavender, and sandalwood. With terrific complexity, full-bodied richness, and a seamless, elegant texture, it can be drunk today or cellared for 10-15 years.
95pts Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Blended of 71% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Cabernet Franc and 11% Petit Verdot aged 20 months in 49% new French oak, the very deep purple-black colored 2016 Secret Blend gives up a vivacious nose of crushed blackberries, blackcurrants and black plums with hints of spice box, tilled soil, tobacco and new leather. Full-bodied, firm and grainy with lovely vibrancy, it gives loads of crunchy black fruits and a minty kick to the finish.
93pts James Suckling
A juicy, fruity red with plums and currants. Some lemon rind. Dried flowers. Medium to full body. Savory. Elegant and fine. Cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc and petit verdot. Drink now or hold.