A deep purple-ruby color. A complexity of aromas with red fruits, blackberry liqueur, touches of incense, and notes of mint and cedar sap. The palate is enriched by a suave and intense nose of rich mineral tension that is characteristic of limestone terroirs. A fresh finish and an extended length reveals a mature aging aptitude. Pair with bold flavored dishes such as a beef ribs, entrecote or ragout with a rich sauce.
Wine Advocate 92
The 2014 EL red is mostly a 55/35 blend of Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon with 10% Merlot aged for 24 months in 50% new French oak. It comes in at 14% alcohol. This is dark purple in color and subtly aromatic. It promises to be a blockbuster from its appearance, but it is instead very refined and sophisticated. Elegant and showing gorgeous mid-palate finesse, it lingers beautifully on the finish. Nuanced just slightly with some herbs and beefy hints around the edges, it demonstrates complexity too. It does have some sharp edges, both from tannins and its good freshness. Alternating between delicacy and persistence, power and freshness, this is more than it sometimes seemed at first taste. It may yet improve in the cellar. It may be my favorite EL yet, but there is a little prognostication here, so let's be a little conservative for the moment and see where this goes.
Wine Enthusiast 91
Deep violet-red in the glass, this wine has aromas of dark plums and violet. Hefty tannins come on strong, but they are tempered by bright acidity. It offers flavors of blackberry, black cherry, vanilla, toasted hazelnut and nutmeg. The lasting finish feels a bit grippy at first, but bold acidity powers through.
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