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 2009 Cuvée Arlette (Red Mountain).

This is a stun­ning Bordeaux-style blend of 57% Merlot, 19% Cabernet Franc and 9% Cabernet Sauvignon, with 2.5% each of Petit Verdot and Malbec. Tight, dark and dense, it showcases the detailed styling that epitomizes the Lauren Ashton port­folio. Perfectly ripe and perfectly proportioned, it has the power and tannin to age for decades. Cellar Selection.

-95 Points, Paul Gregutt Wine Enthusiast Magazine.

2009 Proprietor’s Cuvée (Red Mountain).

Dense and dark to the point of being slightly liqueur-like, it bursts with notes of rich black fruit, licorice, tar, smoke and espresso. The wine seems to hang on the palate for an extraordinarily long time, continuing on like an endless coal mine. Cellar Selection.

-94 Points, Paul Gregutt Wine Enthusiast Magazine.

2009 Cuvée Mirabelle (Red Mountain).

This is mostly Syrah, with 10% each Grenache and Mourvèdre. Fat and beefy, it starts with a scent of fresh carpaccio around dense black cherry fruit. Lush and generous, with notes of both fruit and barrel, it adds streaks of coffee and cacao that wind through a long and beautifully defined finish. Editors’ Choice.

-94 Points, Paul Gregutt Wine Enthusiast Magazine.

2009 Syrah (Red Mountain).

This is a precisely de­tailed wine that shows impeccable craftsmanship. The fruit is firm and balanced, pairing pure black cherry and cassis flavors with darker barrel notes of cacao and espresso. Editors’ Choice.

-93 Points, Paul Gregutt Wine Enthusiast Magazine.