The 2013 Proprietary Red, a slightly different blend from the 2012 of 84% Cabernet Sauvignon and 16% Cabernet Franc, is a much smaller production of 350 cases. This wine, which ratchets up the level of intensity, has an opaque purple color and a beautiful nose of blackberry, blueberry and cassis as well as hints of espresso, white flowers, and subtle background toast. The wine hits the palate with a cascade of gorgeous fruit, sweet tannin, great delineation and acidity, and a long, velvety, voluptuously textured mouthfeel. This big, inky, thick, juicy wine should age beautifully for 25-30 years. (RP)
A rich, dense wine, the 2013 Ovid is going to need a number of years to open up. Today it is compact and incredibly dense, with superb balance and tons of potential. Already super-intense, it's hard to imagine what the 2013 will develop into, but it will be something special. Firm beams of tannin provide the backdrop for an exotic concoction of dark cherry jam, spice, plum, mint, iron, smoke and licorice. With time in the glass the 2013 turns darker and more explosive, but it will be some time before it is ready to drink. (AG)
A dense, powerful expression of loamy earth, crushed rock and gravelly dark berry, shaded by firm, cedary oak. Dense and tannic, this begs for cellaring, though the flavors keep unfolding on the finish. Best from 2017 through 2032. (JL, Web-2016)
A red with blackberry and licorice aromas and flavors. Hints of coffee. Medium to full body, firm and chewy tannins and a fresh finish. Solid red here. Muscular. Better in 2018.
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