"A massive, gorgeously rich and decadent version of this cuvee, the 2014 Estate Cuvee (50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Syrah and 15% Petit Verdot) is reminiscent of a 2005 Pomerol with its huge bouquet of cassis, toasted spice, graphite, damp earth and leafy herb aromas and flavors. Thick, full-bodied, unctuous and palate-saturating, yet still with purity and grace, it's an insanely good Bordeaux blend (or close) from Paso Robles that will have two decades of overall longevity." –Aug-16
"Another big, meaty and decadent 2014 from Stephan, his 2014 Estate Cuvee sports an inky purple color to go with classic cassis and dark fruits, big minerality, graphite and hints of violets. Beautifully concentrated, textured and even elegant, with a lightness to its texture that keeps you coming back to the glass, it should be surprisingly approachable in its youth yet cruise for 10-15 years in the cellars. While the 2013s are small step back from Stephan's insanely good 2012s, they're still near the top of the hierarchy in Paso Robles. I tasted the 2014s from barrel and they might just rival the 2012s."
"Glass-staining ruby. Assertively perfumed aromas of dark berry preserves, Asian spices and candied rose develop a vibrant mineral quality in the glass. Spicy and sharply focused on the palate, offering concentrated red and black currant, cherry and floral pastille flavors of outstanding clarity and power. Closes sappy, spicy and extremely long, with velvety tannins adding shape and gentle grip." –Sep-16