Wine Spectator 89 points - Young and rustic, with rough-hewn notes of chewy dark berry, cedar, black licorice and mineral. Fans out and coats the palate, ending with chewy tannins. Cabernet Franc and Merlot. Drink now through 2022. 1,200 cases made.-JL
(Nov 15 2013)
Vinous 89 points - (made from 70% cabernet franc and 30% merlot): Glass-staining ruby. Smoky, oak-spiced dark berries and cherry on the nose. Warm, palate-coating blackcurrant and bitter cherry flavors pick up a vanilla accent with air, along with notes of black cardamom and mocha. Closes on a smoky note, with lingering oak spice and cherry pit qualities.
Wine Advocate 93 points - Even more impressive is the 2011 Seventeen Forty Reserve. A blend of 70% Cabernet Franc and 30% Merlot that spent 16 months in 70% new French oak, it possesses complex notes of tobacco leaf, black currants, lead pencil shavings and crushed flowers to go with a voluptuously textured, rich, yet focused and structured palate. The purity and balance here are impressive and this beauty will continue to shine through 2021. Drink now-2021.
This is an unusual blend of 70% Cabernet Franc and 30% Merlot. It’s full-bodied and rich in black cherries, currants, cola, sugared coffee and cedar, with a long, spicy finish that lasts the better part of a minute. It’s also tannic, and while the official alcohol reading is 14.2% by volume, feels hotter than than that. Delicious and refined, but it’s hard to see it developing in the bottle, so drink over the next few years. (Aug 2013)