Vinous 90 points - (a 65/35 blend of syrah and cabernet franc): Deep, bright red-ruby. Cassis, violet, bitter chocolate and licorice on the nose and palate. Sweet, pliant and nicely concentrated, but with its creamy texture balanced by ripe acidity. Rather bound-up on the back end, finishing with firm tannins and a slightly dry herbal element. Like the Against the Wine cabernet franc, this needs some time in bottle to gain in pliancy.
90+ Points (May 2012)
Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyard provides us with a cooler climate terroir that maintains a longer hang time resulting in profound color and flavor. Having worked with Shiraz/Syrah in the southern hemisphere, and Cabernet Franc in the Old World - we have always wanted to blend them together. So here it is - a blend of each - aided by low cropping, handpicking, double sorting, vinification in wooden vats, and aged in French oak.