Robert Parker 97
Blended of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Cabernet Franc, 5% Petit Verdot and 5% Merlot, the 2014 Proprietary Red EE Tench Vineyard has a deep garnet color. It springs from the glass with bright, youthful scents of baked red and black cherries, blackcurrant pastilles, candied violets and espresso, with underlying hints of sassafras, Sichuan pepper and tobacco. The full-bodied palate is surprisingly energetic and light on its feet, featuring a very firm, rock-solid structure of ripe, grainy tannins and lovely freshness, finishing with loads of persistent earth and mineral layers. Only 220 cases were made this year.
Anticipated maturity: 2021-2043