90 points, Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine
Rife with blackberries, briary spice and creamy oak and not at all shy about trumpeting its considerable ripeness, this big-bodied effort from Adelaida fully evokes the heady richness that is its maker's signature stamp. It is surprisingly polished for a wine of its size, and, while far from delicate, it is a Cabernet Franc whose ample frame is so well-filled in fruit that its youthful tannins are never a problem. It is so rich that it can be enjoyed in as little as three or four years, but its best will not be reached until twice as many have passed.
The 2014 vintage, was a classic vintage for the region and was characterized by its overall consistency. After a warm and dry winter that marked a third consecutive year of drought, the vines woke a month early from dormancy with buds pushing out in mid-February. The 3rd year of low rainfall added a measure of stress to the vines contributing to low yields and enhanced skin phenolics. All to the good for producing wines of depth and density.
Summer followed with a few heat spells that led us to begin harvest on August 12, a full month earlier than the historical average, and finished late September—when we typically are still bringing in Pinot Noir.
As a whole, the wines from the 2014 vintage are loaded with fruit and are very generous, approachable, and drinking well now. They have good weight, great length, and show the potential of our estate vineyards. The 2014 vintage wines are in stark contrast to the 2013 wines, which were very tight in their infancy and are only now, three years later, beginning to show their depth.