For the 2012 vintage, we incorporated fruit from every block of Grenache in the vineyard, all of varying aspects and clones. This gave us a well-rounded and intricate blend of Grenache that was then paired with a small amount of Syrah to add another layer of complexity. Notes of roasted coffee and lightly smoked meats draw you in from the start and are followed by flavors of dried red fruits, black cherry, star anise and slow churned mocha ice cream on the palate. We opted for about 30% stem inclusion to create the creamy texture and soft tannic structure which makes this wine not only very approachable, but also be able to age gracefully over the next eight years.
93 Points, Vinous Media - Josh Raynolds
Deep, bright ruby. Potent aromas of red and blue fruits, smoky Indian spices and lavender, with a bright mineral topnote. Fleshy, broad and smooth on the palate, showing excellent clarity and lift to its black raspberry, blueberry and floral pastille flavors. The floral quality repeats emphatically on the very long, sweet, focused finish, which is framed by suave, even tannins.
92 Points, Robert Parker
Showing the savory edge to the vintage, the Grenache-heavy 2012 Beguiling (there’s 8% Syrah in the blend) offers up a perfumed bouquet of kirsch, dried strawberries, licorice and spices to go with a medium to full-bodied, supple, lively style on the palate. I’d like to see more mid-palate depth here, but it shows the prettier, more perfumed style of Grenache nicely.
90 Points, Wine Spectator - Tim Fish
Rich and ripe, with aromas of black raspberry, smoked pepper and jammy, plush flavors of cherry, licorice and graphite. Tannins frame the finish and show a fresh note of mineral. Grenache and Syrah. Drink now through 2025.