Product DescriptionWine Advocate Review
The estate Syrah-dominated blend is the 2013 Cotes du Ventoux La Quintessence. Incorporating 20% Grenache, completely destemmed and aged 12-15 months in 40% new barrels, its inky purple color is followed by a terrific perfume of liquid blackberries, smoked meats, roasted herbs and crushed rock. Medium to full-bodied, moderately concentrated and beautifully pure, it has a tight core of tannin and no shortage of cut or precision on the finish. I'd like a touch more mid-palate density, but the purity of fruit and quality of the tannin is outstanding. Give it a year or so in bottle and enjoy bottles through 2023 or longer.
Wine Spectator Review
An amped-up style, with a strong dose of dark vanilla and licorice notes coating the core of crushed plum and raspberry pate de fruit. A toasty edge holds the finish. Has the fruit to offset the toast, but this is for fans of the style only. Syrah and Grenache. Drink now through 2016.
Wine Tasting Notes
Deep red wine, limpid, brilliant. Aromas of spices, eucalyptus, leather. On the palate, soft, elegant, spicy notes, garrigue, eucalyptus. Full bodied wine with long finish.