Color: Deep purple color
Nose: Luscious blackberries, a splash of cocoa bean and vanilla, with a hint of blueberries
Palate: Intense fruit driven front palate with rich black cherry and cocoa flavors. Long silky finish with classic Stags Leap District silky tannins
Wine Advocate 91 points - The 2010 Proprietary Red Elevage is a blend of 56% Merlot, 32% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Petit Verdot and 6% Cabernet Franc. It exhibits a dense ruby/purple color along with notes of camphor, plums, cherries and black currants. Medium-bodied, juicy and nicely concentrated with good acidity, sweet tannin, a sexy, lush style, and nothing out of place, it can be enjoyed over the next decade. (Oct 2013)
Wine Enthusiast 87 points - This is the winery’s Bordeaux-style blend, based on Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. It’s very rich in blackberry and chocolate flavors, with plenty of toasty oak. Yet it has a sharpness that detracts, and is unlikely to age out. Drink now. (Sep 2013)
This vintage produced a wine that simply dances on your palate. Delicate and ambrosial--this is classic Elevage.